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Assessment of thought–shape fusion: initial validation of a short version of the trait thought–shape fusion scale

Coelho, J. S., Baeyens, C., Purdon, C., Shafran, R., Roulin, J.-L. and Bouvard, M. (2013) Assessment of thought–shape fusion: initial validation of a short version of the trait thought–shape fusion scale. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46. pp. 77-85. ISSN 0276-3478

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1002/eat.22038

Abstract/Summary

Objective: Thought–shape fusion (TSF) is a cognitive distortion that has been linked to eating pathology. Two studies were conducted to further explore this phenomenon and to establish the psychometric properties of a French short version of the TSF scale. Method: In Study 1, students (n 5 284) completed questionnaires assessing TSF and related psychopathology. In Study 2, the responses of women with eating disorders (n 5 22) and women with no history of an eating disorder (n 5 23) were compared. Results: The French short version of the TSF scale has a unifactorial structure, with convergent validity with measures of eating pathology, and good internal consistency. Depression, eating pathology, body dissatisfaction, and thought-action fusion emerged as predictors of TSF. Individuals with eating disorders have higher TSF, and more clinically relevant food-related thoughts than do women with no history of an eating disorder. Discussion: This research suggests that the shortened TSF scale can suitably measure this construct, and provides support for the notion that TSF is associated with eating pathology.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:31322
Uncontrolled Keywords:thought–shape fusion; cognitive distortion; eating disorders; obsessionality
Publisher:Wiley

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