METHODS: Self-report measures investigating symptoms related to social media addiction (SMA), muscle dysmorphia (MD), and EDs were used. A mediational model analyzing the direct and indirect effects of SMA-related symptoms on ED-related symptoms through the mediating role of MD-related symptoms was performed controlling for confounding factors (e.g., socio-demographic variables, substances use, body mass index, psychopathological distress).
RESULTS: The model showed that the total effect of SMA-related symptoms on ED-related symptoms was significant (B = 0.213; p = 0.022) and that this association was mediated by MD-related symptoms (B = 0.083; p = 0.021).DISCUSSION: Our findings support the possibility that MD-related symptoms play a relevant role in mediating the association between SMA severity and ED pathology.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level III, evidence obtained from well-designed cohort or case-control analytic studies.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity|
|Early online date||26 Jun 2021|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 26 Jun 2021|