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Keywords:

  • goals;
  • conditional goal-setting;
  • shape and weight overvaluation;
  • eating disorders;
  • perfectionism;
  • linking theory

Abstract

Objective:

To examine mediators of the relationship between perfectionism and eating disorder (ED) psychopathology in a clinical sample.

Method:

Participants were 201 women with a DSM-IV diagnosed ED consecutively referred to a specialist outpatient treatment clinic. Participants completed measures of perfectionism, ED psychopathology, shape and weight overvaluation, and conditional goal-setting (CGS).

Results:

Evaluation of a multivariate mediator model using Baron and Kenny's (1986) four-step mediation methodology showed that shape and weight overvaluation and CGS significantly and uniquely mediated the relation between self-oriented perfectionism (SOP) and restraint, eating concern, shape concern, and weight concern. The mediator model furthered the proportion of explained variance in outcomes beyond the direct effects model by 28–49%.

Discussion:

The findings support the conclusion that the relationship between SOP and ED psychopathology in women with a clinically diagnosed ED is mediated by shape and weight overvaluation and CGS. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.