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Title: 'When suppression backfires': the ironic effects of suppressing eating-related thoughts
Authors: Soetens, Barbara
Braet, Caroline
Dejonckheere, Peter
Roets, Arne #
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Sage Publications
Series Title: Journal of Health Psychology vol:11 issue:5 pages:655-68
Abstract: Based on Wegner's Ironic Processing Theory, this study examines the effects of suppressing eating-related thoughts in a sample of 77 female students. A distinction was made between disinhibited restrainers (high dietary restraint/high disinhibition), inhibited restrainers (high dietary restraint/low disinhibition) and low restrainers. Results indicate that disinhibited restrainers used thought suppression more often and were the only group to show a rebound effect for eating-related thoughts after suppression. No effects of suppression on willingness and desire to eat emerged. Hence, thought suppression may be counterproductive at least for a subgroup of restrainers and may fuel eating-related preoccupations. More research is required to evaluate effects on eating behaviour.
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ISSN: 1359-1053
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Studiegebied Onderwijs VIVES-Zuid
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