Body image and meta-worry as mediators of body dysmorphic disorder

Donyavi, V. and Rabiei, R. and Nikfarjam, M. and Mohmmad Nezhady, B. (2015) Body image and meta-worry as mediators of body dysmorphic disorder. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 6 (3).


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Objectives: Meta-worry and attitudes towards the body have been largely overlooked as potential risk factors for body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) despite theorizing that a negative body image may play a critical role in the development of this disorder. Participants: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the fit of a theoretical model specifying body image and meta-worry as mediators between cognitive, metacognitive beliefs and body dysmorphic disorder(BDD) in a nonclinical sample of 635 participants (304 male and 331 female). Results: The data supported the model, and meta-worry and body image significantly mediated the relationship between cognitive, metacognitive beliefs and BDD. These findings provide essential preliminary evidence that body image may represent a necessary but not sufficient risk factor for BDD and that treatment for BDD should consider targeting body-related pathology in addition to meta-worry. Conclusion: The model may prompt future research into body dysmorphic disorder.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Cognition, Metacognition, Body Image, Meta-Worry
Subjects: WM Psychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Department of Clinical Sciences > Department of Psychiatry
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Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2017 10:57
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2017 10:57

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