Personality, Family Functioning, Attachment Styles and Eating Disorders (1 Hour CEU)

Personality, Family Functioning, Attachment Styles and Eating Disorders

(1 Hour CEU)

Course Description: Anorexia is a psychological disorder that has the potential to have grave consequences for the individual and their families. The complex dynamics that include extremely low body weight, fears of weight gain and distorted body image perceptions are intertwined within this struggle for the individual. Attachment has been supported in research to be a consistent variable in eating disorder literature. This brief 1 hour advanced course examines the role of personality, and family functioning between attachment styles and eating disorders.

Course Author: Bryan Glazier, PhD, LMFT, LMHC

Course Text: Münch, A. L., Hunger, C., & Schweitzer, J. (2016). An investigation of the mediating role of personality and family functioning in the association between attachment styles and eating disorder status. BMC Psychology, 4(1). doi:10.1186/s40359-016-0141-4

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify prevalence of eating disorders and constructs that predict ED.
  2. Examine attachment styles and influence on individuals.
  3. Explore personality-styles and relationship to eating disorders.
  4. Review the mitigating influence of personality and family functioning on eating disorders.

Course Outline:

Prevalence of Eating Disorders

  • Types of ED and prevalence
  • Gender Prevalence
  • Predictors of ED

Attachment Styles

  • Defining attachment
  • Types of attachment-styles
  • Influence of attachment-styles on individual/families

Personality

  • Personality Types often comorbid with ED

Implications for Practice and Research

  • Research support and limitations
  • Practice application of focusing on family experiences and personality of individual.

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This course was developed from the document: Münch, A. L., Hunger, C., & Schweitzer, J. (2016). An investigation of the mediating role of personality and family functioning in the association between attachment styles and eating disorder status. BMC Psychology, 4(1). doi:10.1186/s40359-016-0141-4 used under the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://goo.gl/9lws9e).