pathological eating patterns prediction on the basis of the primary object-relations and ‎‎personality organization

Document Type : Research Paper


1 University faculty member, University faculty member, Department of Psychology, Science and Research branch, Islamic Azad University, Qom Branch.

2 PHD student,Department of Psychology, Qom Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qom, Iran.‎

3 University faculty member,‎ ‎Department of Psychology, Science and Research branch, Islamic Azad University, Qom Branch.


Introduction: The present study was conducted to predict ‎pathological eating patterns based on primary object relations and ‎personality organization.‎
Methodology: Research methodology was descriptive and ‎correlational. The statistical population consisted of undergraduate ‎students of Payame Noor University and Islamic Azad University of ‎Qom who were studying in the second semester of the academic year ‎‎2016-2017. To this end, 888 undergraduate and post-graduate ‎students from Payame Noor University of Qom and Islamic Azad ‎University of Qom were selected using multi-stage cluster random ‎sampling method. To collect data, Object Relations Inventory, ‎Kernberg’s Inventory of Personality Organization and Garner's Eating ‎Attitudes Test (EAT-26) were used and to analyze the data, multiple ‎regression analysis was used.‎
Results: The results showed that the primary object relations ‎explained 0.23 and personality organization explained 0.17 of the ‎variance of the pathological eating patterns. The regression ‎coefficient for the primary object relations in the dimensions of ‎inadequacy and insecurity, with beta coefficients (β=0.29) and ‎‎(β=0.28) respectively, and regression coefficient for primary mental ‎defenses, identity confusion and borderline personality disorder ‎‎(BPD), with beta coefficients (β=0.70), (β=0.16) and (β=0.18) ‎respectively, are predicted positively and suggest the pathological ‎eating patterns at level of 0.1%.‎
Conclusion: Therefore, it can be concluded that the primary object ‎relations and personality organization can predict pathological eating ‎patterns. ‎


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