An investigation into the role of selective attention and rumination in eating disorder symptomatology

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Abstract

The four studies comprising this thesis collectively highlight the maladaptive role of both attentional bias towards thin-ideal bodies and eating disorder-specific rumination in psychopathology. One particularly important finding was that attentional bias toward thin-ideal bodies plays a causal role in negative emotional vulnerability, which is an implicated risk factor for eating disorders. Additionally, the present research revealed that inducing eating disorder-specific rumination served to increase this maladaptive bias of attending to thin-ideal bodies. Taken together, these findings suggest that cognitively-focused strategies which target rumination and/or attention may help promote emotional resilience and ultimately protect against the development of eating disorders.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date16 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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Psychopathology
Feeding and Eating Disorders
Research
Attentional Bias

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