Journal article

How might eating disorders stigmatization worsen eating disorders symptom severity? Evaluation of a stigma internalization model

Scott Griffiths, Deborah Mitchison, Stuart B Murray, Jonathan M Mond, Brock B Bastian

International Journal of Eating Disorders | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Eating disorders stigmatization is common and is associated with greater eating disorders symptom severity. This study sought to elucidate stigma internalization as a potential mechanism underlying this association. Two central aspects of stigma internalization were focused on: alienation and social withdrawal. METHOD: A cross-national sample of individuals with self-reported eating disorders (N = 260) completed measures of eating disorders stigmatization, symptom severity, alienation, and social withdrawal. RESULTS: The model evidenced excellent fit. Eating disorders stigmatization directly predicted both alienation and social withdrawal, which, in turn, directly predicted sympto..

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