Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Psychology


Clinical Psychology

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, 31 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Drew A Anderson

Committee Members

Julia M Hormes


Bulimia Nervosa, Eating Disorders, Metacognition, Rumination, Eating disorders, Rumination (Psychology)

Subject Categories

Clinical Psychology


Rumination, defined as repetitive, negative, self-referential thinking, is strongly associated with the development and maintenance of many internalizing disorders. Although rumination was first examined within the depression literature, it is now considered a transdiagnostic risk factor that underlies many psychological disorders. Despite the negative consequences of engaging in these thought processes, rumination is a common cognitive process, perhaps due to positive metacognitive beliefs about the function of rumination. Recent work has demonstrated a link between eating pathology and a tendency to ruminate on eating disorder relevant themes, as well as beliefs about the usefulness of rumination. Our understanding of this relationship is limited, however. Thus, the current study seeks to examine the relationship between disordered eating symptoms and rumination. Undergraduates (N = 481, 53.9% female) completed questionnaires related to disordered eating, rumination, and beliefs about rumination. Analysis of variance revealed differences between those endorsing symptoms and those endorsing no symptoms in all rumination variables. Results of discriminant analyses indicated that eating disorder-related brooding and reflection significantly classify groups according to disordered eating symptoms.