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Self-compassion in the face of shame and body image dissatisfaction: Implications for eating disorders

Ferreira, Cláudia, Pinto-Gouveia, José and Duarte, Cristiana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6566-273X (2013) Self-compassion in the face of shame and body image dissatisfaction: Implications for eating disorders. Eating Behaviors, 14 (2). pp. 207-210.

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Abstract

The current study examines the role of self-compassion in face of shame and body image dissatisfaction, in 102 female eating disorders' patients, and 123 women from general population.

Self-compassion was negatively associated with external shame, general psychopathology, and eating disorders' symptomatology. In women from the general population increased external shame predicted drive for thinness partially through lower self-compassion; also, body image dissatisfaction directly predicted drive for thinness. However, in the patients' sample increased shame and body image dissatisfaction predicted increased drive for thinness through decreased self-compassion.

These results highlight the importance of the affiliative emotion dimensions of self-compassion in face of external shame, body image dissatisfaction and drive for thinness, emphasising the relevance of cultivating a self-compassionate relationship in eating disorders' patients.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.01.005
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5730

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