Title: Be kind to your eating disorder patients: The impact of positive and negative feedback on the explicit and implicit self-esteem of female patients with eating disorders
Authors: Vanderlinden, Johan ×
Slagmolen, Constance
Kamphuis, Henk Jan
Wigboldus Daniel
Pieters, Guido
Probst, Michel #
Issue Date: 2009
Series Title: Eating and Weight Disorders vol:14 pages:e237-e242
Abstract: ABSTRACT. OBJECTIVE: Lack of self¬esteem may play an important role in the development of eating disorders (ED). This study investigated the differential impact of positive and negative feedback on implicit and explicit self¬esteem in women with an ED (N=25) as compared to women without an ED (N=29). METHOD: False feedback (positive or negative) was given on participant’s performance on a specifically developed intellectual test. Before and after the per¬formance, explicit and implicit self¬esteem was measured. RESULTS: On the explicit measure ED patients reacted congruently with the nature of the feedback. On the implicit measure only ED patients responded to the positive feedback with an improvement of self¬esteem, with no effect for negative feedback. The control group was unaffected by either feedback. Furthermore, no correlation was observed between the explicit and implicit measures, a finding suggesting that these measurements tap different constructs. CONCLUSION: Positive feedback affects implicit self¬esteem of female patients with eating disorders. The results underline the impor¬tance of positively approaching women with ED.
ISSN: 1124-4909
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Clinical Psychology
Research Group for Adapted Physical Activity and Psychomotor Rehabilitation
University Centre Sint Jozef (-)
Research Group Psychiatry
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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