Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 905–913

Anxiety as a Mediator Between Perfectionism and Eating Disorders

  • Sarah J. Egan
  • Hunna J. Watson
  • Robert T. Kane
  • Peter McEvoy
  • Anthea Fursland
  • Paula R. Nathan
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10608-012-9516-x

Cite this article as:
Egan, S.J., Watson, H.J., Kane, R.T. et al. Cogn Ther Res (2013) 37: 905. doi:10.1007/s10608-012-9516-x

Abstract

There is a strong link between perfectionism and eating disorders, yet little research to date has examined mediators of this relationship. The aim of this study was to investigate the mediating effect of anxiety on the relationship between perfectionism and eating pathology in a clinical sample (N = 370, M age = 25.04, 99 % female) of treatment-seeking eating disorder patients (bulimia nervosa—41 %; eating disorder not otherwise specified—41 %; anorexia nervosa—18 %). Results from structural equation modeling indicated that anxiety partially mediated the relationship between self-oriented perfectionism and eating disorder psychopathology. The findings suggest the role of anxiety and perfectionism within cognitive-behavioral models of eating pathology, and have implications for the treatment of eating disorders.

Keywords

Anorexia nervosaBulimia nervosaPerfectionismAnxietyMediatorEating disorders

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah J. Egan
    • 1
  • Hunna J. Watson
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Robert T. Kane
    • 1
  • Peter McEvoy
    • 2
  • Anthea Fursland
    • 2
  • Paula R. Nathan
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin Health Innovation Research InstituteCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Clinical InterventionsPerthAustralia
  3. 3.School of Paediatrics and Child HealthThe University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia
  4. 4.Eating Disorders ProgramPrincess Margaret Hospital for ChildrenPerthAustralia