Eating attitudes in survivors of unwanted sexual experiences

H. J. Williams, H. L. Wagner, R. M. Calam

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    Abstract

    To investigate an hypothesized link between unwanted sexual experiences in childhood and later problems with eating, 21 survivors of sexual abuse completed three questionnaires: the Eating Attitudes Test, the Sexual Events Questionnaire, and the General Health Questionnaire. These women scored high on the EAT, and scores were higher for women who reported more sexual experiences. A similar relation was found between number of sexual experiences and depression, and anxiety and insomnia, but not with somatic symptoms. The implications of these findings for intervention in sexual abuse and eating disorder cases are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)203-206
    Number of pages3
    JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Psychology
    Volume31
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1992

    Keywords

    • Adolescent
    • Adult
    • Anxiety Disorders/psychology
    • Child Abuse, Sexual/*psychology
    • Depressive Disorder/psychology
    • Eating Disorders/*psychology
    • Female
    • Humans
    • *Personality Development
    • Personality Inventory/statistics & numerical data
    • Psychometrics
    • Risk Factors
    • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders/psychology
    • Social Adjustment
    • Somatoform Disorders/psychology

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