Previous research has shown both indirect and direct links between trauma and eating disorders. Those with eating disorder psychopathology have also demonstrated more insecure attachments. To explore relationship between trauma and eating disorder severity, female adults with Anorexia Nervosa (n = 36) and Bulimia Nervosa = 47) were compared on measures of attachment, trauma, body image disturbance, and eating disorder psychopathology. Eighty-six percent of participants reported at least one traumatic experience. Trauma, attachment, and body image disturbance independently predicted eating disorder severity. However, there were no mediating or moderating effects of attachment or body image disturbance on eating disorder psychopathology.
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Eating Disorders - Pathology; Eating Disorders - Psychology; Stress Disorders - Post-Traumatic; Object Attachment - Psychology; Body Image - Psychology
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Trauma; Eating Disorder Psychopathology; Anorexia Nervosa; Bulimia Nervosa
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Hewett, Julie A., "The Impact of Trauma and Attachment on Eating Disorder Symptomology" (2014). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. Paper 210.
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