Perfectionism, psychological wellbeing, and maladaptive eating practices

Bridget Kenny, Richard E. Hicks

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The links between perfectionism and maladaptive eating practices are reasonably well established. However, little is understood about how or why these links occur. The aim of the current study was to investigate psychological wellbeing as a potential mediating variable in this relationship and to determine how gender differences impacted these variables. A sample of 67 males and 162 females completed the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (FMPS), the Ryff Psychological Wellbeing Scales (PWB), and the Maladaptive Eating Practices Questionnaire (MEPQ-25) among several questionnaires completed for a recent body image and eating disorders research project.Results indicated that females aged below 30 were more likely than males aged below 30 to engage in maladaptive eating practices. No gender differences were found in relation to perfectionism or psychological wellbeing. Additionally, psychological wellbeing was found to partially mediate the relationship between perfectionism and maladaptive eating practices for both males and females.These findings highlight the importance of targeting psychological wellbeing in the prevention and intervention of eating pathology, particularly in individuals who display perfectionistic qualities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA shared approach: Assessment, prevention and treatment
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
Pages1-19
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-1-922232-12-0
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventEating Disorders and Obesity Conference: A shared approach: Assessment, prevention and treatment - Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 26 May 201427 May 2014
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CountryAustralia
CityGold Coast
Period26/05/1427/05/14
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Kenny, B., & Hicks, R. E. (2014). Perfectionism, psychological wellbeing, and maladaptive eating practices. In A shared approach: Assessment, prevention and treatment (pp. 1-19). Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association.
Kenny, Bridget ; Hicks, Richard E. / Perfectionism, psychological wellbeing, and maladaptive eating practices. A shared approach: Assessment, prevention and treatment . Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, 2014. pp. 1-19
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