The relationship between perceived partner behaviors and eating disorder symptomology
Zak-Hunter, Lisa Marie
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Research suggests an interaction between partner support and eating disorder (ED) symptomology in coupled women. However, no literature describes the routine partner behaviors that contribute to ED symptom severity. This study addresses this issue by utilizing an Event History Calendar methodology and a symbolic interactionist perspective to examine supportive partner behaviors and symptom severity over a three month period in women with anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN). Results indicate that certain partner support variables and behaviors account for differences in measures of symptom distress. There are also differences between those with AN and those with BN. Implications for couple therapy and future research are discussed.