Relations between negative affect, coping, and emotional eating

Sonja T.P. Spoor*, Marrie H.J. Bekker, Tatjana Van Strien, Guus L. van Heck

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The study was designed to examine the relations between negative affect, coping, and emotional eating. It was tested whether emotion-oriented coping and avoidance distraction, alone or in interaction with negative affect, were related to increased levels of emotional eating. Participants were 125 eating-disordered women and 132 women representing a community population. Measures included the Positive and Negative Affectivity Schedule (PANAS), the Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations (CISS), and the Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire (DEBQ). Both emotion-oriented coping and avoidance distraction were related to emotional eating, while controlling for levels of negative affect. Negative affect did not have a unique contribution to emotional eating over and above emotion-oriented coping or avoidance distraction. The findings suggest that emotional eating is related to reliance on emotion-oriented coping and avoidance distraction in eating-disordered women as well as in relatively healthy women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-376
Number of pages9
JournalAppetite
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Coping
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional eating
  • Negative affect

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