Eating disorder and obsessive-compulsive symptoms in a sample of bulimic women: Perfectionism as a mediating factor

Rebecca A. Bernert, Kiara R. Timpano, Carol B. Peterson, Scott J. Crow, Anna M. Bardone-Cone, Daniel Le Grange, Marjorie Klein, Ross D. Crosby, James E. Mitchell, Stephen A. Wonderlich, Thomas E. Joiner

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Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate whether perfectionism mediates the association between obsessive-compulsive (OC) and eating disorder (ED) symptoms. Analyses were conducted using data collected among a national sample of eating disordered women diagnosed with BN or a subclinical variant of BN (N= 204). Each participant completed a series of self-report inventories on perfectionism, as well as OC, ED, and depressive symptoms. Higher ED symptoms were significantly associated with greater levels of perfectionism (p< 01) and OC symptoms (p< 05). As hypothesized, perfectionism significantly mediated the relationship between ED and OC symptoms, controlling for depression. Findings indicate that perfectionism may be considered a shared etiological or phenomenological factor in ED and OC symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-235
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume54
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Obsessive-compulsive symptoms
  • Perfectionism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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