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The Relationships among Eating Attitude Disorder, Interpersonal Schemas, Attachment, Interpersonal Communication Styles, and Anger

Nursen Oral, Nesrin Hisli Şahin
2008; 23(62):37-48

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In this study, the relationship between interpersonal schemas, attachment styles, interpersonal communication styles and anger were investigated with a group of high school (521) and university (477) students and those with eating disorders (59). Age of sample ranged between 14 and 27. High school and university students were classified as “those without eating attitude problems” and “those with eating attitude problems” according to scores obtained from Eating Attitude Test. Eating attitudes, attachment styles, interpersonal schemas, interpersonal communication styles and anger were evaluated by “The Eating Attitude Test”, “Experiences in Close Relationships Inventory”, “Interpersonal Schemas Questionnaire”, “Interpersonal Communication Styles Scale”, and “Multidimensional Anger Questionnaire”, respectively. Statistical analyses revealed that the patients group showed more dysfunctional interpersonal schemas and had higher total anger scores than the YTT high group. In comparison of eating disorder subtypes, statistically signifi cant differences were observed between the groups. When all the findings were evaluated it was concluded that the dysfunctional interpersonal schemas and anger are in correlation with pathologic eating patterns.

Keywords: Eating disorder, attachment, interpersonal schemas, communication styles, anger