ERIC Number: EJ806140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Anxiety, Alexithymia, and Depression as Mediators of the Association between Childhood Abuse and Eating Disordered Behavior in African American and European American Women
Mazzeo, Suzanne E.; Mitchell, Karen S.; Williams, Larry J.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v32 n3 p267-280 Sep 2008
This study evaluated structural equation models of the associations among family functioning, childhood abuse, depression, anxiety, alexithymia, and eating disorder symptomatology in a sample of 412 European American and 192 African American female undergraduates. Additionally, the specific roles of anxiety, depression, and alexithymia as mediators were assessed. Each of these variables was a significant mediator of the association between childhood abuse and disordered eating. Finally, a test of invariance between the African American and European American subsamples was significant, highlighting the need for additional cross-cultural eating disorder research.
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Eating Disorders, Children, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Emotional Response, Self Concept, Correlation, Family Relationship, Family Influence, Child Abuse, Undergraduate Students, Females, African Americans, Whites, Cross Cultural Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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