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The validation of the body image acceptance and action questionnaire: Exploring the moderator effect of acceptance on disordered eating

Ferreira, C., Pinto-Gouveia, J. and Duarte, Cristiana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6566-273X (2011) The validation of the body image acceptance and action questionnaire: Exploring the moderator effect of acceptance on disordered eating. International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy, 11 (3). pp. 327-345.

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Abstract

The Body Image-Acceptance and Action Questionnaire measures cognitive flexibility and acceptance relatively to body image. This paper presents the factorial structure and psychometric properties of the Portuguese version of the Questionnaire in a sample from the general population (n= 679). This version maintains a one-factor structure, similar to the original version of the instrument, which accounts for 63.36% of the variance. It presents high internal consistency (.95), test-retest reliability, and correlates (contrastingly) with self-compassion, body image dissatisfaction, eating disorders symptomatology, social comparison, and depression, anxiety, and stress. The Questionnaire discriminates between a clinical sample with a diagnosed eating disorder (n= 46) and a comparable general population sample (n= 51). Results show that body image acceptance is a significant predictor of eating pathology, and it seems able to lessen the impact of body image dissatisfaction on the engagement on pathological restrictive behaviours and thinness seeking.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5738

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