Sociotropy and bulimic symptoms in clinical and nonclinical samples
Version of Record online: 21 MAY 2003
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Special Issue: Featuring Abstracts from the 2003 International Conference on Eating Disorders
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 172–176, July 2003
How to Cite
Hayaki, J., Friedman, M. A., Whisman, M. A., Delinsky, S. S. and Brownell, K. D. (2003), Sociotropy and bulimic symptoms in clinical and nonclinical samples. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 34: 172–176. doi: 10.1002/eat.10172
- Issue online: 21 MAY 2003
- Version of Record online: 21 MAY 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 JAN 2003
- bulimic symptoms;
- depressed mood
The purpose of this study is to examine the relation between sociotropy and bulimic symptoms. Studies of interpersonal functioning among individuals with bulimia nervosa consistently reveal issues of social dependency, need for approval, and fear of rejection. These themes are conceptually related to sociotropy, a cognitive-personality factor that has been implicated in the development and maintenance of depression. Individuals high in sociotropy are keenly invested in attaining others' approval and avoiding social rejection.
The relationship between sociotropy and bulimic symptoms was examined in two samples of women: undergraduate women and community women seeking treatment at a private eating disorder facility.
In both samples, sociotropy was significantly associated with bulimic symptoms beyond the shared relation with depressed mood.
Findings are discussed in terms of the maintenance and treatment of bulimia nervosa. © 2003 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 34: 172–176, 2003.