It has been suggested that bulimic attitudes and behaviours serve the function of reducing awareness, especially where a situation is perceived as threatening. Considering a non-clinical population of female dieters and non-dieters, this study tested the prediction that a higher level of bulimic attitudes would be associated with an attentional bias to threat information. Using a Stroop task, interference in the colour-naming of threat information was positively and significantly associated with the level of bulimic attitudes in dieters only. This finding supported escape from awareness models of bulimia.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||European Eating Disorders Review|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1998|