Journal article

The cognitive-interpersonal model of disordered eating: A test of the mediating role of alexithymia

Sarah Giles, Elizabeth K Hughes, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Isabel Krug

EUROPEAN EATING DISORDERS REVIEW | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The cognitive-interpersonal model proposes that high levels of attention to detail and cognitive rigidity confer risk for the development of eating disorders (EDs) and that socioemotional deficits, such as alexithymia, contribute to their maintenance. However, no studies have examined the direct and indirect relationships of these constructs. We investigated the mediating role of specific alexithymia traits (difficulties describing feelings, difficulties identifying feelings, and externally oriented thinking) on the relationship between attention to detail, cognitive rigidity, and ED symptoms while controlling for anxiety and depression symptoms. METHOD: Four hundred and one noncl..

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