Melissa Parks

Melissa Parks
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid | UAM · Biological and Health Psychology

PhD

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The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that a negative reaction to the illness would be reduced through the “Collaborative Care Skills Workshops” programme among Spanish caregivers of relatives with an eating disorder. Caregivers were randomly allocated to either the skill‐based workshops (n = 32) or psycho‐educational workshops (n = 31),...
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Purpose The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Experience of Caregiving Inventory (ECI-S), which is designed to assess the caregiver’s appraisal of the impact of caring for a relative with a serious mental illness. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted among 320 caregivers of a relati...
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Caring for a relative with an eating disorder (ED) is associated with heightened psychological distress, which, according to a stress-coping model, may be influenced by coping and appraisal. However, limited quantitative studies have assessed coping in ED caregivers. This cross-sectional study aims to assess 1) the differences in coping between car...
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The purpose of the present review is to provide a summary of the research findings on emotion regulation in Binge Eating Disorder (BED). Negative emotions and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies play a role in the onset and maintenance of binge eating in BED. Anger and sadness, along with negative emotions related to interpersonal experiences...
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The shared family environment is an important risk factor in the development of childhood obesity. This study aims to examine differences in maternal psychopathology, family functioning, expressed emotion and coping skills between families of a child with obesity and those with a normal ‐ weight child. This case–control study consisted of 50 mother...
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High rates of comorbidity are found among eating disorder (ED) patients, which may negatively affect treatment outcome and prognosis. However, there is a shortage of studies in Spain using clinician administered interviews to assess rates of comorbidity among these patients, particularly in adolescents. This study aimed to evaluate Axis I psychiatr...
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The aim of this study was to examine the factor structure of the Male Body Attitudes Scale (MBAS) among a sample of 212 adolescent males by conducting a confirmatory factor analysis. The data revealed that while muscularity and low body fat factors were appropriate for the male sample, the height factor was not supported. The composite MBAS-Spanish...
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The aim of this study was to compare the family functioning of Spanish parents of patients with an eating disorder (ED) with that of carers of patients with substance-related disorders (SRDs) and families of healthy controls (HC). This cross-sectional study included 48 mothers and 45 fathers of 48 adolescent patients with an ED, 47 mothers and 37 f...
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The objective of this study was to identify factors related to dysfunctional family functioning that may be associated with the severity of symptoms among adolescent patients with an Eating Disorder (ED) at first-contact care. We recruited a total of 48 mothers and 45 fathers of 50 patients with an ED from an ED Unit in Madrid, Spain, between Octob...
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Antecedentes: La prevalencia de niños con obesidad infantil continúa creciendo de forma global, al igual que lo hacen los prejuicios y las actitudes discriminatorias hacia la enfermedad. La estigmatización y las burlas desempeñan un papel esencial en el desarrollo de la imagen corporal y en el funcionamiento psicológico del niño. Sin embargo, se ha...
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Antecedentes: Los últimos años han visto un aumento en los estudios enfocado en la insatisfacción corporal de los varones, que al contrario a la ideal delgadez que buscan las chicas, tienen un ideal de tener un cuerpo musculoso. Los estudios han encontrado que la insatisfacción corporal está asociada con mayores problemas físicos y psicológicos. Mé...

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