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Self-Criticism, Sexual Minority Stress and Disordered Eating Behaviors

dc.contributor.advisorCole, David A.
dc.contributor.authorHeiman, Ellen R.
dc.description.abstractMinority stress theory recognizes the presence of added stress for individuals that belong to marginalized minority groups (Meyer, 2003). When considering the mental health of those who identify as sexual minorities, the role of internalized heterosexism (i.e. negative, self-hating thoughts attributed to a pervasive culture that stigmatizes non-heteronormativity) becomes crucial (Szymanski, 2008; Watson et al., 2016). We measured the relation between heterosexist discrimination as a measure of sexual minority stress and endorsement of disordered eating behaviors and cognitions in a sample of university students and then tested self-criticism as a moderator of this relation. Participants completed a battery of self-report instruments measuring self-criticism, heterosexism, and disordered eating behaviors and cognitions via an online platform. Main effects of self-criticism on specific DE outcomes were found, along with zero-order correlations between sexual minority stress, self-criticism, and DE outcomes.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectsexual minority stressen_US
dc.subjectinternalized heterosexismen_US
dc.subjectdisordered eatingen_US
dc.subject.lcshSexual minorities -- Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshEating disordersen_US
dc.subject.lcshCollege students -- Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshCriticism, Personalen_US
dc.titleSelf-Criticism, Sexual Minority Stress and Disordered Eating Behaviorsen_US
dc.description.collegePeabody Collegeen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychology and Human Developmenten_US

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