An application of escape theory to binge eating

Sonja Blackburn, Lucy Johnston*, Neville Blampied, Danielle Popp, Rachel Kallen

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The application of Escape Theory (Heatherton & Baumeister, 1991) to binge eating was studied in a non-clinical sample of 129 women. Structural equation modelling (SEM) showed a good fit between the Escape Model and the data. Perfectionism strongly predicted aversive self-awareness which, in turn, predicted negative affect. Negative affect predicted levels of avoidant coping which strongly predicted levels of binge eating. Implications for understanding and treating binge eating are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-31
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • binge eating
  • Escape Model

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