Previous research on gender differences between males and females on the risk factors leading to disordered eating is sparse, especially on males and eating disorders using attachment theory. This study examined the relationship between adult attachment style and disordered eating in men and women. Secure attachment scores were significantly negatively correlated with body dissatisfaction, and fearful attachment scores were positively correlated with bulimia in women. For men, secure attachment was significantly negatively correlated to drive for thinness, bulimia, and body dissatisfaction. Clinical implications are discussed.
This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, published by Haworth Press. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1300/J035v21n02_05
Elgin, Jenna and Pritchard, Mary. (2006). "Adult Attachment and Disordered Eating in Undergraduate Men and Women". Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 21(2), 25-40.