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Several studies have looked at one’s locus of control (LOC) in relation to one possessing an eating disorder (ED), but these studies have not observed differences in LOC between various EDs. In our study we surveyed a group of 200 individuals, both male and female, in order to determine whether or not there an observable correlation between having different types of EDs and possessing loci of control polarized in different directions. Our experimental group was targeted through online ED forums and was used to show the psychopathy and deviant qualities of those with EDs. Three hypotheses were tested in this survey: (H1)-Those with binge eating disorder will report feelings of a lack of control over various aspects of life. They will have a LOC that is externalized past the threshold we establish as normal; (H2): Those will bulimia nervosa will report dichotomy in their LOC. They will give an odd mixture of answers polarized to either direction (H3): Those with anorexia nervosa will report feelings of control over various aspects of their life and have a LOC that is internalized past the threshold we establish as normal. Data will then be analyzed via ANOVA. By determining correlations that exist between having certain types of eating disorder and one’s sense of personal control over one’s life, we can build a greater base of knowledge for our understanding of these types of disorders and, ultimately, establish a more effective treatment for them, maybe even an entirely new type of behavioral/cognitive therapy.


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  • Subject
    • Psychological Science

  • Institution
    • Dahlonega

  • Event location
    • Library Third Floor, Open Area

  • Event date
    • 30 March 2015

  • Date submitted

    18 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Dr. Kelly Cate