Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

First Advisor

Melinda Valliant

Second Advisor

John Young

Third Advisor

Anne Bomba

Relational Format



In recent years, psychiatrists have reported a trend that individuals with social anxiety disorders are more likely to also have disordered eating and vice versa. Research into this connection has suggested that risk factors, such as stress reactivity, negative self- esteem, perfectionism and fear of negative evaluation are potential links. This is important because understanding the correlation between the two disorders could help develop better treatments plans for people who suffer from these disorders. This study investigates the relationship between the two. A total of 257 college students between ages 18-22 completed a questionnaire using the Disordered Eating Attitude Scale (DEAS), Severity Measure for Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia) - Adult Scale, Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale (BFNE), Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (FMPS), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), and finally, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. Fear of negative evaluation, perceived stress, and concerns over mistakes and doubts about actions were found in significant levels (p



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