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How perfectionism and ineffectiveness influence growth of eating disorder risk in young adolescent girls

By Tracey Diane Wade, Simon Mark Wilksch, S J Paxton, Susan M Byrne and S B Austin

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© 2015. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/. Author version available following 24 month embargo from date of publication (Feb 3 2015) in accordance with publisher copyright policy.Objective: While perfectionism is widely considered to influence risk for eating disorders, results of longitudinal studies are mixed. The goal of the current study was to investigate a more complex model of how baseline perfectionism (both high personal standards and self-critical evaluative concerns) might influence change in risk status for eating disorders in young adolescent girls, through its influence on ineffectiveness. Method: The study was conducted with 926 girls (mean age of 13 years), and involved three waves of data (baseline, 6- and 12-month follow-up). Latent growth curve modeling, incorporating the average rate at which risk changed over time, the intercept (initial status) of ineffectiveness, and baseline perfectionism, was used to explore longitudinal mediation. Results: Personal standards was not supported as contributing to risk but results indicated that the higher mean scores on ineffectiveness over the three waves mediated the relationship between higher baseline self-critical evaluative concerns and both measures of eating disorder risk. The relationship between concern over mistakes and change in risk was small and negative. Discussion: These results suggest the usefulness of interventions related to self-criticism and ineffectiveness for decreasing risk for developing an eating disorder in young adolescent girls

Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.brat.2015.01.007
OAI identifier: oai:dspace.flinders.edu.au:2328/35961
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