Eating Disorder Recovery Outcomes in Correlation with Interpersonal Skills Levels and Perceived Quality of Life

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Student Presentation

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College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychological Science

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Mary Pritchard


Previous research has focused on long-term outcomes for eating disorders, but what specific factors contribute to the success of “recovery” is not well researched. Collective review of previous studies has also highlighted an increase of interpersonal skills in those who have found recovery. The aim of this study was to measure the relationship between interpersonal skills in relation to recovery from eating disorders, as well as the perceived quality of life individuals experience in relation to their recovery status. We hypothesized that individuals who display higher levels of interpersonal skills would also show a greater perceived quality of life; these individuals would also show signs of full recovery based on study definition, or low levels of continued eating disorder symptomology. As expected, those who displayed higher levels of interpersonal skills also displayed a higher quality of life. In addition, those who displayed more signs of recovery showed higher quality of life and interpersonal skills.

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