Childhood maltreatment in adult female psychiatric outpatients with eating disorders

Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Lade, Trondheim, Norway.
Eating Behaviors (Impact Factor: 1.58). 12/2006; 7(4):404-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2005.12.006
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To explore possible relations between maltreatment in childhood and subsequent eating disorders in adult life, 107 consecutive adult psychiatric female outpatients were screened for eating disorders. They also completed questionnaires about harassment by adults and bullying by peers in childhood. The Childhood Trauma Questionnaire measured childhood abuse by parents or other adults, and the Parental Bonding Instrument captured parental coldness and overprotection. Bullying by peers was measured by an inventory used in schools. Outpatients who met the criteria for bulimia nervosa reported far more bullying by peers, more coldness and overprotection from fathers, and more childhood emotional, physical and sexual abuse. The findings suggest associations between childhood maltreatment, especially bullying by peers, and bulimia nervosa.

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    • "In obese women, paternal and maternal overprotection decrease emotional awareness and increase emotional eating (Rommel et al., 2012). The " low care/high control " pattern of parental bonding is also associated with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia (Canetti, Kanyas, Lerer, Latzer, & Bachar, 2008; Fosse & Holen, 2006; Fujimori et al., 2011; Lobera, Rios, & Casals, 2011; Swanson et al., 2010; Turner, Rose, & Cooper, 2005). Poor mother–infant interactions, characterized by maternal intrusiveness and negative infant engagement have been described for children born small for gestational age (SGA) (Feldman & Eidelman, 2006). "
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    • "In comparison to non-victimized youth, cyberbullied youth report more sadness, anxiety and fear (Beran & Li, 2008); have difficulty with social interactions (Ybarra, Mitchell, Wolak, & Finkelhor, 2006; Blais, 2008); are more likely to be engaged in risky behavior such as drug and alcohol use (Mishna, Cook, Gadalla, Daciuk, & Solomon, 2010) and eating disorders (DeHue, Bolman, & Völlink, 2008; Fosse & Holen, 2006). On this basis, social and emotional functioning is likely to have a mediating impact on the relationship between bullying and educational outcomes. "
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