Unique associations between young adult men's emotional functioning and their body dissatisfaction and disordered eating

Scott Griffiths, Douglas Angus, Stuart B Murray, Stephen Touyz

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Research on emotional functioning, body dissatisfaction, and disordered eating in males is predominated by studies of negative affect and emotion regulation. Other aspects of emotional functioning, namely emotion recognition and attentional biases toward emotional stimuli, have received little empirical attention. The present study investigated the unique associations between different aspects of men's emotional functioning and their disordered eating attitudes, muscularity dissatisfaction, and body fat dissatisfaction. Results from 132 male undergraduates showed that muscularity dissatisfaction was uniquely associated with both emotion regulation difficulties and an attentional bias toward rejecting faces. Body fat dissatisfaction was not uniquely associated with any aspect of emotional functioning. Disordered eating was uniquely associated with emotion regulation difficulties. Collectively, the results indicate differences in the patterns of associations between men's emotional functioning and their body dissatisfaction and disordered eating.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-178
Number of pages4
JournalBody Image
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


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