The role of emotion regulation and coping in binge eating disorder

Wallace, Sonia (2013) The role of emotion regulation and coping in binge eating disorder. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Background: Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the developed world; this has implications for quality of life and demand on healthcare systems. Current treatment approaches for obesity appear effective in achieving short-term weight loss for some, but gains are not always maintained long-term. Treatments for Binge Eating Disorder (BED) can reducing binging but are not shown to have a significant impact on body weight. Evidence suggests that current treatments lack effectiveness because they do not target the factors underlying chronic weight and eating problems.
Aims: To investigate, from the perspective of the affected individual, the role of emotion regulation and coping in BED.
Methods: Nine participants took part in a non-directive, semi-structured interview. All were classified as obese: four met criteria for BED. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
Results: Five main themes were found; 1) Early life experiences, 2) The development of weight problems, 3) Use of food, 4) Attitudes to coping and 5) Beliefs about self. Differences were noted across these key themes between the BED and non-BED group with those in the BED group relying more on maladaptive strategies for coping, having more negative childhood experiences and having more negative self-perceptions. The results of this study highlight the need for treatment to focus on increasing individual’s resources for managing emotions, by widening their coping strategies.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Obesity; Binge Eating Disorder; qualitative; psychological mechanisms
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Supervisor's Name: Wilson, Dr. Sarah
Date of Award: 2013
Depositing User: Miss Sonia Wallace
Unique ID: glathesis:2013-4605
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2013 12:49
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2013 12:51

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