Clinical And Normative Sample Populations

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Research has established emotion regulation difficulty experienced by individuals in both clinical and normative sample populations as a putative risk or maintaining factor in psychopathology (Berenbaum, Raghavan, Le, Vernon, & Gomez, 2003; Greenberg, 2002; Kring & Bachorowski, 1999; Mennin & Farach, 2007). Different coping styles for emotion dysregulation have been observed in these populations (Aldao, Nolen-Hoeksema, & Schweizer, 2010). Various studies have demonstrated that attempts to escape from or down-regulate negative affect place individuals at risk for alcohol and substance abuse, disordered eating, and clinical eating disorders, resulting in a challenged physical and psychological well-being (see Aldao et al., 2010). There is evidence that suggest that in response to the control of negative affect (for example, depression, anxiety, and stress); eating behaviours are associated with both increase and decrease in food consumption (Fairburn & Harrison, 2003). In particular, depressive symptoms, as it is experience in both clinical and non-clinical population has been linked to symptoms of bingeing (Mason & Lewis, 2014), bingeing and purging, and restraint (Fairburn & Harrison, 2003). Research has shown that depression is experienced by approximately 45% to 86% of individuals with an eating disorder (O’Brien & Vincent, 2003). A maladaptive coping strategy of abnormal eating to manage affect, which may later develop into an eating disorder, can potentially have…
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