Assessing the Linkages Between Strain, Types of Anger, and Eating Disorders: Testing and Extending General Strain Theory

George E. Capowich, Loyola University
Alex R. Piquero, University of Florida
Paul Mazerolle, The University of Queensland

General strain theory (GST) holds that stressful life events lead to anger, which in turn provokes a variety of adaptive responses that are intended to alleviate the strain and anger. These responses include crime and deviance. This paper tests the adequacy of GST as an explanation for eating disorders. Strain measures and measures of trait and situational anger are used along with scales of different types of anger expressions to test the theory's ability to explain bulimia and anorexia in a sample of college - aged women. The theoretical implications of the results are discussed.

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