Tests of an extension of the dual pathway model of bulimic symptoms to the state-based level

Millicent Holmes, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Helen Skouteris, Jaclyn Broadbent

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The dual pathway model proposes that trait body dissatisfaction leads to bulimic symptoms via two distinct pathways: dieting and trait negative affect. As many of these modelled variables have state-based equivalents, the present study evaluated the generalisability of this model to predict associations between state body dissatisfaction and instances of disordered eating. 124 women aged 18 to 40. years completed an online survey (accessed via a mobile phone device with web access) over a 7-day period. The mobile phone device prompted participants at random intervals seven times daily to self-report their state body dissatisfaction, current mood experiences, dieting attempts, and disordered eating practices. Multi-level mediation modelling revealed that both negative mood states and dieting significantly mediated the state body dissatisfaction-disordered eating relationships, although the strength of these associations depended on the aspect of disordered eating measured and individual differences in trait body dissatisfaction, internalization of appearance standards, tendency towards dieting, and BMI. Collectively, these results not only support adapting the dual pathway model to the state-level, but also suggest that several of the model implied pathways may be more relevant for individuals with more pathological eating- and body-related concerns and behaviours.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-285
Number of pages6
JournalEating Behaviors
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Body image
  • Dual pathway model
  • Experience sampling methodology
  • Negative affect
  • Restrained eating

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