A preliminary examination of the relationship between compulsive exercise and shame in individuals with an eating disorder: and clinical research portfolio

Green, Lara (2016) A preliminary examination of the relationship between compulsive exercise and shame in individuals with an eating disorder: and clinical research portfolio. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Objective: To explore the relationship between compulsive exercise and shame in a clinical sample of eating disorder patients.
Method: In a cross-sectional study, individuals with an eating disorder (n=21) completed self-report measures of compulsive exercise, internal shame, external shame, bodily shame, anxiety and depression.
Results: Internal shame was moderately associated with compulsive exercise (r=.496, p<.05). No further variables were significantly related to compulsive exercise. Individuals with Anorexia-Nervosa and Bulimia-Nervosa did not significantly differ on any of the study variables.
Discussion: Hypotheses regarding the possible nature of the relationship between compulsive exercise and shame are suggested. For instance, that compulsive exercise may serve a role in the regulation of internal shame. That compulsive exercise may act as a compensatory behaviour and be a consequence of high levels of shame. Or that internal shame may result as a response to negative perceptions of one’s exercise habits. The results are discussed in line with current literature.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Eating disorder, shame, compulsive exercise.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Supervisor's Name: Jackson, Dr. Alison
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Dr Lara Green
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7620
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 13:07
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 13:29
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/7620

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