Eating pathology: links to childhood feeding and interaction with mealtime environment

Donohoe, Jessica Elizabeth (2014). Eating pathology: links to childhood feeding and interaction with mealtime environment. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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The research component of this thesis firstly consists of a literature review considering relationships between maternal feeding practices, non-organic feeding problems and eating disorders. Findings suggest that certain feeding practices are associated with feeding problems and the development of eating styles but evidence for links with eating disorders is inconclusive. A model is proposed to explain the relationship between feeding practices and eating difficulties. It is concluded that the feeding episode is a bidirectional process, with which the wider context must be considered. Further research into longitudinal relationships between feeding practices and eating disorder is recommended, before robust conclusions can be drawn. Secondly, an empirical paper describes a laboratory study of the interaction between eating psychopathology and distraction during eating. A model is proposed to explain the control of eating behaviour, using cognitive theory. Both distraction and eating psychopathology were found to be significant predictors of food intake but interactions were not. It is argued that these surprising results are due to the specific qualities of internal and external distractors as well as the threatening nature of the food offered. Further studies with higher power are recommended in order to explore distractor qualities and the role of eating psychopathologies further.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare


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