Risposte emozionali e regolazione delle emozioni nei Disturbi dell’Alimentazione

Caterina Lombardo, Monica David, Alessandra Moreschini, Gemma Battagliese, Lucrezia Maccioli, Assunta Pierotti (2013): Risposte emozionali e regolazione delle emozioni nei Disturbi dell’Alimentazione. In: Psicoterapia Cognitiva e Comportamentale, 19 (2), pp. 191-207, 2013.


Emotional responses and emotion regulation in eating disorders
This study compares the use of Expressive Suppression and Cognitive Reappraisal strategies, measured through ERQ (Gross and John, 2003), by patients with Eating Disorders and healthy controls. Results highlight that patients with Eating Disorders, and especially those with Bulimia, report higher use of suppression and lower use of reappraisal when compared to controls. Moreover, they also report experiencing greater urges to overeat in presence of negative emotions when compared to controls.
Consistent with existing literature, it is possible to interpret these results as an indication that the use of dysfunctional strategies promotes the development and maintenance of eating disorders, through the promotion of a more frequent experience of negative emotions, which, in turn, is associated with the urge to overeat, as a strategy for regulating them. However, longitudinal studies are needed in order to confirm this speculation