Using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure to Compare Implicit Pro-Thin/Anti-Fat Attitudes of Patients With Anorexia Nervosa and Non-Clinical Controls

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APA Citation: 

Parling, Thomas, Martin Cernvall, Ian Stewart, Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Ata Ghaderi. (2012) ”Using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure to Compare Implicit Pro-Thin/Anti-Fat Attitudes of Patients With Anorexia Nervosa and Non-Clinical Controls”. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention 20, nr 2 (2012): 127–43. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10640266.2012.654056.

Publication Topic: 
RFT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Keyword(s): 
Eating Disorder, Anorexia, IRAP
Abstract: 

Implicit pro-thin/anti-fat attitudes were investigated among a mixed group of patients with full and sub-threshold Anorexia Nervosa (n = 17), and a matched-age control group (n = 17). The Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) was employed to measure implicit pro-thin and anti-fat attitudes towards Self and Others in addition to "striving for thinness" and "avoidance of fatness." The clinical group showed an implicit pro-fat attitude towards Others and stronger anti-fat attitudes towards Self and avoidance of fatness compared with controls. The findings are discussed in relation to the over-evaluation of weight and shape in the clinical group.

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