Self-competence and self-liking in the prediction of change in bulimic symptoms

Anna M. Bardone, Marisol Perez, Lyn Y. Abramson, Thomas E. Joiner

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Objective: To examine the relationship of self-competence and self-liking (two distinct dimensions of self-esteem) to bulimic symptoms. Method: Two separate longitudinal studies were conducted on undergraduate women from two universities (Study 1, N = 129; Study 2, N = 406). Measures of self-competence, self-liking, and bulimic symptoms were administered on two occasions, separated by several weeks. Results: Self-competence demonstrated a stronger relationship than self-liking to change in bulimic symptoms over time. Discussion: These findings have significant theoretic implications for the construct of self-esteem and implications for risk for and treatment of bulimia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-369
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Self-competence
  • Self-liking
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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