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Exploring how emotional intelligence can be applied to Eating Disorders

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Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

K101, Kimmeridge House

Fern Barrow

Poole, BH12 5BB

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Wednesday, 28th February

13.00 - 14.00

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When the body becomes a battle ground for emotional distress: Exploring how emotional intelligence can be applied to eating disorders

Emotional difficulties have been observed in individuals with eating disorders across a wide range of studies, including poor interceptive awareness, confusion of emotional states and difficulties with emotional language (Myers & Crowther, 2008; Harrison, Sullivan, Tchanturia & Treasure, 2010). Literature has linked these of difficulties with emotional functioning as being an important factor related to the core aetiology of eating disorders (Treasure, Corfield & Cardi, 2012). While such relationships have been observed, little attention has been paid to understanding how the experiences of emotional dysfunction impact on individuals living with an eating disorder and their engagement in treatment services. Results have shown that the relationship between low emotional intelligence and disordered eating may be a unique factor of clinical experience it is necessary that this model presents low emotional intelligence as mediating the pathway towards an eating disorder.

The implications of this modelling of eating disorders from an emotional dysfunction approach allows us to conceptualise intervention strategies from a new perspective. The emergence of findings that emotional intelligence is a contributing factor to the model of eating disorders may present a new opportunity to tackle these illnesses. Rather than attempt to remove the triggers and difficulties that create risk for individuals this approach presents the opportunity to build the individual to cope with and manage the risk.

Speaker Biography:
Dr Una Foye completed her PhD in 2015 at Ulster University focused on exploring the role of emotional intelligence on the onset and maintenance of eating disorders as a means to better understand how prevention strategies and early intervention work can be targeted. Una’s work has been inspired by a long history of working with young people in the charitable sector of mental health, and specialising in eating disorders with the Eating Disorders Association of Northern Ireland and The Laurence Trust. She continues to be passionate in supporting the work of these organisations and currently works in Queen Mary University, London.

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K101, Kimmeridge House

Fern Barrow

Poole, BH12 5BB

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