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Fear of negative evaluation among eating disorders: Examining the association with weight/shape concerns in adolescence

Trompeter, N, Bussey, K, Hay, P, Griffiths, S, Murray, SB, Mond, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0410-091X, Lonergan, A, Pike, KM and Mitchison, D 2019 , 'Fear of negative evaluation among eating disorders: Examining the association with weight/shape concerns in adolescence' , International Journal of Eating Disorders , pp. 1-9 , doi: 10.1002/eat.23018.

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Abstract

Objective: Fear of negative evaluation has been proposed as a transdiagnostic factor associatedwith the development of eating disorders and has been shown to relate to disorders of bodyimage, especially those with weight/shape concerns such as eating disorders and muscle dysmorphia. The current study aimed to investigate whether fear of negative evaluation was atransdiagnostic factor of disorders diagnostically characterized by weight/shape concerns. Thestudy examined whether fear of negative evaluation was associated with higher odds for meeting criteria for an eating disorder and/or muscle dysmorphia, especially those disorders diagnostically characterized by weight/shape concerns.Method: Data were used from a subgroup of the first wave of the EveryBODY study, a longitudinal investigation of eating disorders and body image concerns among Australian adolescents(N = 4,030). Participants completed measures on demographics, weight/shape concerns, disordered eating, psychological distress, muscularity concerns, and fear of negative evaluation.Results: Findings revealed that fear of negative evaluation was associated with higher odds ofmeeting criteria for any eating disorder but significantly more so for those characterized byweight/shape concerns diagnostically, as well as binge-eating disorder. Similar results werefound for muscle dysmorphia.Discussion: The findings suggest that fear of negative evaluation constitutes a transdiagnosticfeature for developing and/or maintaining an eating disorder.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Trompeter, N and Bussey, K and Hay, P and Griffiths, S and Murray, SB and Mond, J and Lonergan, A and Pike, KM and Mitchison, D
Keywords: Adolescence, Eating disorders, Fear of negative evaluation, Muscle dysmorphia, Weight and shape concerns
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Eating Disorders
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
ISSN: 0276-3478
DOI / ID Number: 10.1002/eat.23018
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