Date of Award
Master of Science
The present study examined the mediating and moderating roles of self-silencing between adult attachment (anxiety and avoidance) and disordered eating attitudes. Participants were 221 female college students from a large Midwestern university. Survey data was analyzed using hierarchical multiple regression and the bootstrap procedure for testing the significance of indirect effects. For the mediation, the results indicated that self-silencing fully mediated the relation between attachment avoidance and disordered eating attitudes. Moreover, self-silencing partially mediated the relation between attachment anxiety and disordered eating attitudes. Specifically, the results showed significant positive relations between adult attachment (anxiety and avoidance) and self-silencing as well as self-silencing and disordered eating attitudes. The direct association between attachment anxiety and disordered eating attitudes was also positive over and beyond the indirect effect through self-silencing. Conversely, the findings did not support self-silencing as a moderator between attachment (anxiety and avoidance) and disordered eating attitudes.;The significant mediation effects suggest that it is not only important to consider attachment anxiety and avoidance in understanding and treating disordered eating attitudes, but also that self-silencing plays a significant role in this association. In other words, the results imply counseling psychologists could work with women with attachment anxiety and avoidance to reduce their disordered eating attitudes by helping them recognize how their self-silencing in relationships contributes to these attitudes. Finally, limitations, future research, and detailed counseling implications are presented.
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Shannon Kellim Young
Young, Shannon Kellim, "Self-silencing as a mediator and moderator of adult attachment and disordered eating attitudes " (2006). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 867.