Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Kyle De Young
Avoiding unpleasant internal experiences may be associated with eating disorder symptomatology, and college students may be especially at risk. However, the process through which the avoidance of uncomfortable experiences relates to eating psychopathology is unknown. By evaluating experiential avoidance and learned expectancies of eating outcomes, the present study investigated the potential mechanism through which maladaptive avoidant strategies relate to eating psychopathology. Participants included 244 undergraduate students enrolled in psychology courses from a Midwestern university. The participants completed a battery of questionnaires through an online research system managed by the university. Preacher and Hayes’s (2008) bootstrapping method of mediation and structural equation modeling were used to analyze the relationships among experiential avoidance, eating expectancies, and binge eating and how experiential avoidance fits within the Acquired Preparedness model of eating disorder risk. Results revealed that experiential avoidance was significantly related to negative affect eating expectancies and to binge eating. Negative affect eating expectancies mediated the relationship between experiential avoidance and binge eating. Further, the experiential avoidance model more adequately predicted binge eating than the Acquired Preparedness model of eating disorder risk. The findings from this study suggest an alternative understanding of the pathways through which dispositional and
psychosocial characteristics of undergraduate students impact eating disorder symptomatology.
Della Longa, Nicole Marie, "The Relationship Between Experiential Avoidance, Eating Expectancies, And Eating Psychopathology In University Students; A Preliminary Test Of An Adaption Of The AP Model Of Eating Disorder Risk" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 2008.