Abstract

The current study examined the process by which attachment influences dissociation in the presence of sexual trauma history. Sixty-two female individuals completed measures of attachment, trauma, and dissociation as a part of the intake assessment process the first week of their admission to a partial hospitalization program for treatment of an eating disorder. These archival data (2006 – 2013) were hand scored and coded by the researcher to ensure consistency across measures. Multiple mediations in parallel and moderated mediations in parallel were run using Hayes’ (2012) bootstrapping PROCESS macros. Consistent with predictions derived from the literature, sexual trauma significantly predicted insecure attachment, although secure attachment was significantly negatively predicted by sexual trauma. Indirect effects of sexual trauma on dissociative pathology through insecure and secure attachment styles were not significant for participants. These findings may be useful in the application of trauma-focused work for eating disorder diagnoses.

LLU Discipline

Psychology

Department

Psychology

School

School of Behavioral Health

First Advisor

Boyd, Kendal C.

Second Advisor

Mar, Jeffrey N.

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Degree Level

Psych.D.

Year Degree Awarded

2013

Date (Title Page)

6-1-2013

Language

English

Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Eating Disorders - Treatment; Eating Disorders - Psychology; Dissociative Disorders;

Subject - Local

Sexual Trauma, Dissociation, Eating Disorders, Attachment, Dissociative Pathology, Sexual Abuse

Type

Doctoral Project

Page Count

59 p.

Digital Format

Application/PDF

Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

Usage Rights

This title appears here courtesy of the author, who has granted Loma Linda University a limited, non-exclusive right to make this publication available to the public. The author retains all other copyrights.

Collection

Loma Linda University Electronic Theses & Dissertations

Collection Website

http://scholarsrepository.llu.edu/etd/

Repository

Loma Linda University. Del E. Webb Memorial Library. University Archives

Included in

Psychology Commons

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