Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 201–214 | Cite as

A Model for Assessing the Self-Schemas of Restrained Eaters

  • Margaret E. Morris
  • Timothy E. Goldsmith
  • Samuel Roll
  • Jane Ellen Smith


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-schemas self-representation restrained eating eating disorders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret E. Morris
    • 1
  • Timothy E. Goldsmith
    • 2
  • Samuel Roll
    • 2
  • Jane Ellen Smith
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryStanford UniversityStanford
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerque
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerque

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