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A Tailored Emotion Regulation Approach for Emotional Eaters: An Exploration

Schwartz, L.M. (2020) A Tailored Emotion Regulation Approach for Emotional Eaters: An Exploration.

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Abstract:This study explored the usefulness of a concept for: (1) screening emotional eaters with three subscales of the DERS-SF (i.e. awareness, impulse, and strategies), and (2) three tailored exercises (i.e., bodyscan, opposite action, and positive reframing exercise). An embedded mixed-method design was used to evaluate the effects of a two-week online quasi-experiment with three groups. In total, 80 participants with self-proclaimed emotional eating difficulties finished baseline measurements. The study sample was predominantly female (95%), with ages ranging from 18 till 66. Thirty- three participants finished mid-intervention measurements and 15 participants finished post- intervention measurements across the three groups. Regarding the screening, results showed good internal consistency and promising face validity for two DERS-SF subscales (i.e., awareness and strategies). Regarding the tailored exercises, the quantitative results of two tailored exercises (i.e., bodyscan and positive reframing exercise) were in line with the study expectations showing a small increase in positive affect and small decrease in negative affect and overall emotion dysregulation. The qualitative results highlighted components of both exercises which may have contributed to effects. Overall, the current study provides promising starting points to further optimize screening and tailored interventions for emotional eaters. Recommendations for future studies are included.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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