Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 201–214

A Model for Assessing the Self-Schemas of Restrained Eaters


  • Margaret E. Morris
    • Department of PsychiatryStanford University
  • Timothy E. Goldsmith
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of New Mexico
  • Samuel Roll
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of New Mexico
  • Jane Ellen Smith
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of New Mexico

DOI: 10.1023/A:1026472009449

Cite this article as:
Morris, M.E., Goldsmith, T.E., Roll, S. et al. Cognitive Therapy and Research (2001) 25: 201. doi:10.1023/A:1026472009449


This study explored the ways in which self-appraisal relates to concerns about weight and food among restrained eaters. Network modeling was used to visually depict the restrained eaters' self-schemas, structures that organize information relevant to self-assessment, and to compare the self-schemas of restrained eaters and controls. Twenty-six restrained eaters and 24 controls rated the relatedness of self-evaluation and weight/food-related concepts. These relatedness ratings were transformed via a scaling algorithm into schematic networks, which were interpreted as models of self-schemas. The self-schemas of restrained eaters centered more around weight/food-related concepts and contained more links between self-evaluative and weight/food-related concepts than the schemas of controls. This study offers empirical support for theoretical formulations about distorted self-evaluation among restrained eaters and provides a novel methodology for assessing self-representation.

self-schemasself-representationrestrained eatingeating disorders
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