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Protective Factors Against Eating Disorders in College Students

from ACA Publications

Eating disorders often emerge, resurface or worsen in individuals during college, demonstrating the need to identify protective factors in the development and maintenance of eating disorders in college students. Authors of a study published in the October issue of the Journal of College Counseling (JOCC) examined the relationship between mindfulness, self-compassion, and emotion regulation and disordered eating in a sample of university students. Mindfulness practice and self-compassion were found to be adaptive emotion regulation skills and key variables in eating disorder symptoms. Implications of this study can help to inform university efforts, particularly the establishment or improvement of eating disorder awareness and prevention programs on campuses.

Note. Full-text content from JOCC is free to American College Counseling Association members by logging into the ACA website, and available on a pay-per-view basis to nonmembers. more

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