The social psychology of disordered eating: the situated identity enactment model

Cruwys, Tegan, Platow, Michael J. , Rieger, Elizabeth, Byrne, Don G. and Haslam, S. Alexander (2016) The social psychology of disordered eating: the situated identity enactment model. European Review of Social Psychology, 27 1: 160-195. doi:10.1080/10463283.2016.1229891

Author Cruwys, Tegan
Platow, Michael J.
Rieger, Elizabeth
Byrne, Don G.
Haslam, S. Alexander
Title The social psychology of disordered eating: the situated identity enactment model
Journal name European Review of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1479-277X
Publication date 2016-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10463283.2016.1229891
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 160
End page 195
Total pages 36
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Eating disorders and subclinical behaviours such as dangerous dieting are a significant public health burden in the modern world. We argue that a social-psychological model of disordered eating is needed to explain how sociocultural factors are psychologically represented and subsequently reflected in an individual’s cognitions and behaviour. We present evidence that three central elements shape disordered eating–social norms, social identity and social context–and integrate these within a Situated Identity Enactment (SIE) model. Specifically, the SIE model states that social context determines the salience of both social norms and social identities. Social norms then influence disordered eating behaviour, but only to the extent that they are consistent represented in the content of a person’s social identities. We conclude by outlining the implications of the SIE model for researchers and practitioners in the domain of disordered eating, focusing in particular on the need for, and potential value of, theory-derived social interventions.
Keyword Body dissatisfaction
Eating disorders
Social identity
Social influence
Social norms
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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