Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
John C. Thomas
Primary Subject Area
Adult Attachment, Binge Eating, Eating Disorders, Emotion Regulation, God Attachment, Negative Affect
Using a cross-sectional, self-report research design, this study examined a non-clinical population of 175 college women between the ages of 18-28 at a private, Christian university. A Pearson correlation matrix confirmed significant linear relationships between binge eating symptoms, emotion regulation, adult attachment insecurity and God attachment insecurity. A hierarchical multiple regression model determined that God attachment insecurity does not contribute unique variance toward binge eating symptoms after controlling for emotion regulation and adult attachment insecurity. Because God attachment insecurity was correlated to emotion regulation and adult attachment insecurity, and weakly correlated to binge eating symptoms without contributing unique variance, this study suggests that God attachment insecurity plays an indirect role in the perpetuation of binge eating symptoms.