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Sociotropy and Bulimic Symptoms in Clinical and Nonclinical Samples


Sociotropy and Bulimic Symptoms in Clinical and Nonclinical Samples

Jumi Hayaki et al. Int J Eat Disord.


Objective: The purpose of this study is to examine the relation between sociotropy and bulimic symptoms. Studies of interpersonal functioning among individuals with bulimia nervosa consistently reveal issues of social dependency, need for approval, and fear of rejection. These themes are conceptually related to sociotropy, a cognitive-personality factor that has been implicated in the development and maintenance of depression. Individuals high in sociotropy are keenly invested in attaining others' approval and avoiding social rejection.

Methods: The relationship between sociotropy and bulimic symptoms was examined in two samples of women: undergraduate women and community women seeking treatment at a private eating disorder facility.

Results: In both samples, sociotropy was significantly associated with bulimic symptoms beyond the shared relation with depressed mood.

Discussion: Findings are discussed in terms of the maintenance and treatment of bulimia nervosa.

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