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Eating Disorder Symptoms and Proneness in Gay Men, Lesbian Women, and Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Adults: Comparative Levels and a Proposed Mediational Model

About the Course

This study sought to compare eating disorder attitudes and behaviors, and proneness to an eating disorder (“ED proneness”), between gay men, lesbian women, and transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) adults. A further aim was to identify and compare risk and protective factors, and examine a mediational model based on the interpersonal theory of eating disorders (IPT-ED), whereby the association between interpersonal factors and ED proneness would be mediated by psychological constructs pertaining to the self and negative affect. Materials and methods, including the participant sample, measured collected, and statistical analyses are presented. The results indicate significant differences between groups in ED proneness, weight-based self-worth, and dissatisfaction with eating patterns. Several predictor variables were found to be statistically significant with differences between groups, including depression, perceived stigma, and self-compassion. Additional mediational analyses are discussed. Additionally, the interpersonal theory of eating disorders was found to extend to sexual minority and gender diverse populations; however the results suggest a broadening of theoretical models and intervention programs to include the role of stigma and self-compassion.

This course is based on the reading-based online, Eating Disorder Symptoms and Proneness in Gay Men, Lesbian Women, and Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Adults: Comparative Levels and a Proposed Mediational Model created by Kathryn Bell, Ph.D. et al. in 2019.

Publication Date:

Frontiers in Psychology, 9, Article 2692 Jan 2019

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Kathryn Bell

Kathryn Bell is a clinical psychologist. She is affiliated with Inside Out, Australia's national institute for research, translation and clinical excellence in eating disorders.

Elizabeth Rieger Ph.D.

Elizabeth Rieger Ph.D. is an associate professor at Australia National University. Her main clinical experience has included treating adults with eating disorders, medical patients with accompanying psychological problems, and children and adults with obesity, working in public and private hospitals, university clinics, and private practice. She is a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society, and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association.

Jameson K. Hirsch, Ph.D.

Jameson K. Hirsch, Ph.D. is a Full Professor, and Assistant Chair of Assessment and Research, in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University. He is the Director of the Laboratory of Resilience in Psychological and Physical Health (LRPPH). Dr. Hirsch currently serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals, including Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Rural Mental Health, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, and Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, and is a Consultant and Investigator on numerous Foundation and NIH grants. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and has presented his work more than 400 times at professional conferences.

Course Creator

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D., PMH-C, CPLC

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Reno, NV. She opened a private practice after 10 years of conducting home-based assessment and therapy with the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. Dr. Mosco’s clinical interests include maternal mental health, older adults, and third wave cognitive behavioral therapies.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the general findings to date of eating disorders proneness in all populations.
  2. Summarize the interpersonal theory of eating disorders (IPT-ED) and how it applies to gay men, lesbian woman, and transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) adults.
  3. Recognize the differences in ED proneness among gay men, lesbian woman, and transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) adults.
  4. List the factors that influence ED proneness among gay men, lesbian woman, and transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) adults.

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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