Correlates & Mediators of Psychopathology
Examining the interpersonal model of binge eating and loss of control over eating in women
Article first published online: 14 FEB 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 43–50, January 2012
How to Cite
Ansell, E. B., Grilo, C. M. and White, M. A. (2012), Examining the interpersonal model of binge eating and loss of control over eating in women. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 45: 43–50. doi: 10.1002/eat.20897
- Issue published online: 14 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 14 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 OCT 2010
- The National Institutes of Health. Grant Numbers: K24 DK070052, K23 DK071646
- binge eating;
- eating disorders;
- interpersonal problems;
- negative affect
This study examined the interpersonal model of binge eating (Wilfley et al., Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Group, New York: Basic Books, 2000; Wilfley et al., Arch Gen Psychiatry, 8, 713–721, 2002; Elliott et al., Behav Res Ther, 48, 424–428, 2010) which posits that interpersonal problems lead to negative affect which, in turn, triggers disordered eating.
The model was tested using data from 350 women obtained via an internet assessment method. Analyses examined direct and indirect effects, via depressive/negative affect, of interpersonal problems, including domains of affiliation and dominance on loss of control over eating, binge eating, and eating disorder psychopathology.
Interpersonal problems showed significant effects on binge eating and eating disorder psychopathology that were statistically mediated by depressive/negative affect. Affiliation showed significant effects on binge eating and eating disorder psychopathology with low affiliation effects statistically mediated by depressive/negative affect and high affiliation effects independent of depressive/negative affect.
These findings support the interpersonal model of binge eating and highlight the importance of examining specific types of interpersonal problems in understanding heterogeneity of individuals with eating disorder psychopathology. © 2011 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012)