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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Marriage and Family Therapy: M.S.


Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Jennifer Connor

Second Advisor

Michael Mayhew

Third Advisor

Kathryn Mayhew

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Disordered eating, attachment, body dissatisfaction


This study will examine the relationship between attachment patterns and disordered eating, and whether body dissatisfaction impacts this relationship. This is a correlational design. Emphasis will be placed on gender in this sample because past research has not focused on studying males. It is expected that a relationship between insecure attachment patterns and disordered eating will be found, and that body dissatisfaction will impact how disordered eating and attachment patterns are related.


I would like to thank my thesis committee, Dr. Kathy Mayhew, Dr. Mick Mayhew, and especially Dr. Jennifer Connor, my thesis chair, for their tireless support for this project and seeing it through from its inception to completion. I would also like to thank my family for their unwavering support in my pursuit of my educational goals.



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