The relation between eating disorder symptoms and impairment

Paul E. Jenkins*, Renee Dawn Rienecke, Colleen S. Conley, Caroline Meyer, Jacqueline M. Blissett

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Although a number of studies have looked at what factors might mediate the relationship between symptoms and quality of life (QoL) in a number of psychiatric disorders, little research has addressed this issue in eating disorders. In the current study, female undergraduates (N = 339) completed questionnaires assessing eating disorder symptoms, social support, coping, QoL, and psychosocial impairment. Perceived family support and levels of substance misuse as a way of coping were identified as mediators of the symptom-impairment relationship and, in addition, maladaptive coping also mediated the relationship with QoL. These results highlight the role of coping and social support in impairment resulting from eating disorder symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)452-458
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 15 2015


  • Eating disorders
  • coping
  • impairment
  • quality of life
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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