Combating disordered eating and poor body image with the use of imagery rescripting among young women at risk of developing an eating disorder

Flinders University

Dataset description

University students (N = 130 females, aged 17–26) were randomly assigned to one of the four conditions: body or general imagery rescripting, psychoeducation, and control. Primary (global eating psychopathology, eating disorder behaviors, and body image acceptance) and secondary outcomes (self-compassion, fear of self-compassion, and dysfunctional attitudes) were measured at baseline and one-week follow-up.
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Source Study

Trial acronym

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Charities/Societies/Foundations,Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation

Scientific enquiries

Miss Yuan Zhou

Brief Summary

This study examined whether there is any superiority between two approaches to imagery rescripting (IR), namely rescripting disorder-specific negative body images into positive ones (i.e., body IR), or rescripting a past unpleasant experience associated with negative beliefs about self not specific to disordered eating (i.e., general IR), in a population of young women at risk of developing an eating disorder.

Key Inclusion Criteria

Females Flinders University undergraduates aged 17 -25 years, who were at risk of developing an eating disorder, as indicated by a score on the Weight Concern Scale (WCS; Killen et al., 1994) >= 47, considered a cut-off with good predictive validity for eating disorder cases (Jacobi, Abascal, & Taylor, 2004; Killen et al., 1994; 1996), were included in the study.

Key Exclusion Criteria


Can healthy volunteers participate?




Sample Size    130

Min. age    17 Years

Max. age    25 Years

Sex    Females

Condition category    disordered eating

Condition code    Mental Health


Intervention code Behaviour , Treatment: Other

When participants arrive at laboratory, they complete some questionnaires and are randomly assigned to one of the four conditions i.e., two imagery rescripting (IR) conditions – body versus general, psychoeducation and control. Both IR conditions consist of three steps: (1) Reliving (i.e., identify problematic memory); Participants complete a battery state measures immediately after this step, (2) Observing (i.e., relive memory from an observer perspective), and (3) Rescripting (i.e., rescript m ....
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Control group Active

Control. After undergoing either step 1 from BIR or GIR, participants in the control condition receive instruction to let their mind wander for 10 minutes.


Outcome: Disordered eating measured by Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire (EDE-Q; Fairburn & Beglin, 1994).
Timepoint: Baseline and one-week follow up

Outcome: Body image acceptance measured by the Body Image Acceptance & Action Questionnaire (BI-AAQ; Sandoz, Wilson, Merwin, & Kate Kellum, 2013).
Timepoint: Baseline and one-week follow up

Study Protocol: Not Available
Data Dictionary: Not Available

Will individual participant data (IPD) for this trial be available?


What data in particular will be shared?

Participants' line-by-line de-identified, scored data will be shared. (Participants' questionnaires were scored based on their respective scoring instructions. These data are shared as they might be more helpful for further analyses than specific questionnaire item response from every questionnaire).

When will data be available?

Data will be available in Feb 15th, 2020. No end date determined.

Available to whom?

Data will be available to anyone on reasonable request.

Available for what types of analyses?

Data are available to achieve the aim of the current study and some meta-analyses.

Source study information is derived from the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR). For more information on the ANZCTR, please see