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Topical Section: The Effects of Trauma
Article first published online: 23 MAY 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 45, Issue 3, pages 316–325, April 2012
How to Cite
Ericsson, N. S.-., Keel, P. K., Holland, L., Selby, E. A., Verona, E., Cougle, J. R. and Palmer, E. (2012), Parental disorders, childhood abuse, and binge eating in a large community sample . Int. J. Eat. Disord., 45: 316–325. doi: 10.1002/eat.20938
Supported by NIMH; U01-MH60220 from National Institute of Mental Health.
- Issue published online: 8 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 23 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 MAR 2011
- NIMH. Grant Number: U01-MH60220
- binge eating behaviour;
- child abuse;
Genetic and nonshared environmental factors are implicated in the etiology of binge eating behaviors (BEB), with genetic risk expressed as parental psychopathology. Traumatic experiences including child abuse predict onset of BEB. It is not clear if each separately contribute to BEB, or whether parental pathology leads to abuse which in turn influences BEB.
Data were obtained from the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication (N = 2960). Through structural equation modeling, we estimated unique and combined effects of mother's and father's internalizing (INT) and externalizing (EXT) disorders, and child abuse on BEB.
Parental INT and EXT psychopathology contributed to child abuse and BEB. Abuse predicted BEB and partially mediated associations between parental psychopathology and BEB.
Results emphasize the value of models that incorporate nature and nurture to understand risk for psychopathology in offspring, with childhood abuse being one mediator of how parental psychopathology may reflect genetic risk and influence environmental risk. © 2011 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012;)