The interaction between affective lability and interpersonal problems in binge eating

Jessica Yu, Edward A. Selby

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The current study aimed to examine how negative affective lability may moderate interpersonal problems to predict binge eating. Forty-seven (47) behaviorally-dysregulated participants completed experience sampling methodology (ESM) over a 2-week period to provide over 3,000 real-time recordings of affective experience, interpersonal events, and binge eating episodes. Hierarchical linear regression analyses were performed to examine the main effects and interaction of affective lability and frequency of interpersonal problems on frequency of binge eating. Seventeen participants reported a total of 62 binge eating episodes. Affective lability and interpersonal problems independently predicted binge eating. An interaction between the two predictor variables suggested that participants with high affective lability who reported many interpersonal problems experienced the greatest number of binge episodes. These findings are consistent with recent theoretical accounts of the affect-regulating effects of binge eating. Further research is needed to explore how additional factors may interplay with affective lability or interpersonal problems to predict binge eating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-481
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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