Author

Summar Reslan

Date Approved

2010

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Committee Member

Karen K. Saules, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

Thomas Schmitt, PhD

Committee Member

Heather Janisse, PhD

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to examine the factors which moderate service utilization among college students, as well as risk factors for binge eating disorder (BED). Candidate moderators included binge eating, obesity, gender, ethnicity, psychological comorbidity, body image, and emotional dysregulation. Data from the Healthy Minds Study (HMS) 2010 were utilized. Two samples of participants were analyzed: the full HMS 2010 national sample of undergraduate college students (N = 17,995) and a subsample of undergraduate students (N = 969) from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) who participated in the HMS. Results suggested that psychological comorbidity significantly impacted psychological service utilization among HMS respondents with BED. Psychological comorbidity, namely depression and heightened emotional dysregulation, significantly impacted risk for BED among EMU respondents. The implication of these findings is that BED should be targeted for intervention early, as early interventions for BED may prevent the progression into more severe psychopathology.

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