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ERIC Number: ED341893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Disordered Eating in College Students: Links with Childhood Abuse and Maternal Eating Behavior.
Feilke, Kim; Chambliss, Catherine
The prevalence of sexual conflicts in many patients with eating disorders has been well documented. A parallel has been found between psychological problems experienced by victims of childhood sexual abuse and patients with anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia. Past studies have used inpatient clinical samples; however, this study extended this area of inquiry to a non-inpatient sample. Subjects (N=89) were undergraduates at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. Each subject completed a 66-item questionnaire on the extent of eating disorders, perception of maternal weight conflicts, and types of unwanted sexual experiences. Several maternal behaviors were strongly associated with disordered eating in both daughters and sons. Mothers who were perceived as being preoccupied with fat, food, and weight were more likely to have children who exhibited eating disorder behaviors of the mother. For females, maternal dieting and preoccupation with fat were significantly associated with sexual abuse. A mother's sexual withdrawal from her spouse may enhance a daughter's risk for sexual abuse. Subjects who experienced some form of sexual abuse were more preoccupied with fat and food and wore loose fitting clothes. The failure to find any significant correlates with physical abuse in females may have been due to an extremely low rate of physical abuse in females. Additional studies should be conducted to clarify the extent to which mothers unknowingly contribute to their children's eating disorder. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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