The authors acknowledge the assistance of the members of the Eating Disorders Taskforce at Amherst College (Sydney Flum, Ruth Kane Levit, Denise McGoldrick, Diane Norman-Lentz) for their help in designing the two interventions, and the students who served as facilitators (Tregony Bucknell-Pogue, Katrina Burton, Antara Ganguli, Kim Karetsky, Rachel Orkin-Ramey, Emma Radin, Emily Sloat Shaw, Heather Zesiger). We also appreciate the assistance of Jodi Nagel, Lauren Silver, and Lesley White in designing the interventions; Jenny Mutterperl in coding the thought-listing data; Madeleine Bertin in running the intervention conditions; Darren Yopyk in conducting data analyses; and Denise McGoldrick for her considerable efforts in making this research possible. Funding for this project was provided by Amherst College.
Who Benefits From What? Drive for Thinness as a Moderator of Responsiveness to Different Eating Disorder Prevention Messages1
Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 33, Issue 9, pages 1837–1861, September 2003
How to Cite
Sanderson, C. A. and Holloway, R. M. (2003), Who Benefits From What? Drive for Thinness as a Moderator of Responsiveness to Different Eating Disorder Prevention Messages. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33: 1837–1861. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2003.tb02083.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
This research examined how women respond to different types of messages regarding eat ing disorders, and specifically whether women's degree of drive for thinness moderated their responsiveness to particular messages. In this study, 112 undergraduate women were randomly assigned to receive a condition focusing on either healthy eating or disordered eating. First, and as hypothesized, findings at an immediate posttest revealed that women found the healthy eating condition more enjoyable, personally relevant, and interesting, whereas they found the disordered eating condition more anxiety-provoking and fear-inducing. Second, and contrary to predictions, findings at the 3-month follow-up indicated that those who were high on drive for thinness were hurt by participation in the disordered eating condition, whereas those who were low on drive for thinness were helped by participation in this condition. Discussion focuses on the theoretical and applied implications of these findings.