Investigator: Alexis Abernethy, PhD
Co-Investigator: Patricia Pitts, PhD
Research Fellow: Kallie Rohrmayer
Student Investigators: Chris Keiper, MA, Andrene Spencer
Studies are underway that are examining the relationship between spirituality and eating disorders in clinical populations. This team seeks to explore the relations among spirituality (including religious comfort and strain, forgiveness, and asceticism), familial factors, personality characteristics, body image, affective and cognitive thought processes, and eating disorder symptoms in patients who are struggling with eating disorders. Earlier studies examined religiousness, spirituality, and eating disturbance in college student populations.
Cottingham, M. D., Davis, L., Craycraft, A., Keiper, C. D., Abernethy, A. D. (2014). Disordered eating and self-objectification in college women: clarifying the roles of spirituality and purpose in life. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 17(9), 898-909
Keiper, C., Abernethy, A. D., Cash, L. M., Sandy, C., & Pitts, P. (2014, April). Religiousness moderates relationship of negative emotions towards God and religious asceticism in eating disorder patients. Poster presented at the 35th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.
Tadrous, S., Barsuglia, J. P., Artensen, T., Smith, S., Sandy, C., Keiper, C., Pitts, P., & Abernethy, A. (2014, August). Attachment dynamics and eating disorder symptoms in a clinical treatment group. Poster presented at the 122nd American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.
Tadrous, S., Barsuglia, J. P., Artensen, T., Smith, S., Sandy, C., Keiper, C., Pitts, P., & Abernethy, A. (2014, August). Association of family functioning with self-harm in eating disorder patients. Poster presented at the 122nd American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.