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Effect of locus of control on disordered eating in athletes: the mediational role of self-regulation of eating attitudes

Abstract : This study examined the influence of locus of control on disordered eating as mediated by the self-regulation of eating attitudes. The assessment instruments were adapted for athletes as the entire sample of 179 volunteer University students (M(age)=21.12; SD=2.87) were all regularly involved in competition. The results showed that (a) an internal locus of control had a positive influence on the self-regulation of eating attitudes in social interaction contexts; (b) self-regulatory eating attitudes had a negative influence on disordered eating in contexts of negative affect, social interaction, and lack of anticipation of consequences on performance; and (c) an internal locus of control had an influence on disordered eating through the mediation of self-regulatory eating attitudes in social interaction contexts, and an external locus of control attributed to the coach and sports friends had an influence on disordered eating through the mediation of self-regulatory eating attitudes in contexts of negative affect, social interaction and lack of anticipation of consequences on performance. This study, combined with an earlier study from Scoffier, Maïano, and d'Arripe-Longueville (2009) on the antecedents of athletes' eating disorders, suggests the powerful impact of the social environment on the development of disordered eating in athletes.
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Stéphanie Scoffier-Mériaux, Yvan Paquet, Fabienne d'Arripe-Longueville. Effect of locus of control on disordered eating in athletes: the mediational role of self-regulation of eating attitudes. Eating Behaviors, 2010, 11 (3), pp.164--169. ⟨10.1016/j.eatbeh.2010.02.002⟩. ⟨hal-01232342⟩

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