Perceived physical appearance mediates the rumination and bulimic symptom link in adolescent girls

Jill M. Holm-Denoma, Benjamin L. Hankin

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Abstract

The prospective relationship between initial rumination and subsequent bulimic symptoms, and vice versa, was examined, and possible mediators were tested in a community sample of 191 adolescent girls (M age=14.5) at 3 different assessment time points. Path analyses indicated that Time 1 rumination predicted Time 3 bulimic symptoms, and vice versa. Physical appearance competence (but not social competence) mediated both relationships. The results suggest that specific cognitive mechanisms, such as rumination, may play an etiological role in the development of bulimic symptoms. This may be especially true for adolescent girls who exhibit low competence beliefs about their physical appearance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-544
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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