Negative Affect, negative urgency, thought suppression, and bulimic symptoms: A moderated mediation analysis in a sample at-risk for bulimic symptoms

Jason M. Lavender*, Daniel Green, Michael D. Anestis, Matthew T. Tull, Kim L. Gratz

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Abstract

Research suggests that negative affect, negative urgency, and thought suppression are related to bulimic symptoms, either directly or indirectly. This study examined associations between these constructs in a sample at-risk for bulimic symptoms. Participants (N = 80) recruited from a residential substance abuse treatment facility completed self-report questionnaires. A regression-based bootstrapping approach was used to examine the indirect effect of negative affect on bulimic symptoms through negative urgency and the moderating role of thought suppression in the association between negative affect and negative urgency. Results revealed a significant indirect effect, significant moderation, and a significant moderated mediation effect, with an indirect effect of negative affect on bulimic symptoms through negative urgency, conditional upon low to moderate (but not high) levels of thought suppression these findings suggest that negative affect may promote rash actions, particularly in the context of low to moderate thought suppression, leading to increased risk of bulimic symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-250
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • affect regulation
  • disordered eating
  • eating disorder symptoms
  • emotion regulation
  • substance abuse

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