Preliminary examination of a couple-based eating disorder prevention program

Ana L. Ramirez, Marisol Perez La Mar, Aaron Taylor

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Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to investigate a new dissonance-based prevention program that is based on the dual pathway model of eating disorders within the context of an individual's romantic relationship. A total of 209 dating couples participated in a couple-based prevention program or an assessment-only condition and completed measures of body dissatisfaction, thin-ideal internalization, disordered eating, negative affect, and relationship satisfaction at two time points (approximately one week apart) and approximately half of the sample completed 1-month follow-up measures. The prevention program significantly reduced several key risk factors for eating disorders such as environmental pressures to be thin, internalization of the thin and athletic ideals, state body dissatisfaction, and actual-ideal body discrepancy. Initial support was found for the inclusion of couples in eating disorder prevention programs as a successful way of addressing the thin ideal and its detrimental effects for women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-333
Number of pages10
JournalBody Image
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Body image
  • Couples
  • Eating disorders
  • Prevention

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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Preliminary examination of a couple-based eating disorder prevention program. / Ramirez, Ana L.; Perez La Mar, Marisol; Taylor, Aaron.

In: Body Image, Vol. 9, No. 3, 06.2012, p. 324-333.

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Ramirez, Ana L. ; Perez La Mar, Marisol ; Taylor, Aaron. / Preliminary examination of a couple-based eating disorder prevention program. In: Body Image. 2012 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 324-333.
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