Invalidating Childhood Environments and Core Beliefs in Women with Eating Disorders
Article first published online: 19 OCT 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
European Eating Disorders Review
Volume 19, Issue 4, pages 316–321, July/August 2011
How to Cite
Ford, G., Waller, G. and Mountford, V. (2011), Invalidating Childhood Environments and Core Beliefs in Women with Eating Disorders. Eur. Eat. Disorders Rev., 19: 316–321. doi: 10.1002/erv.1053
- Issue published online: 13 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 19 OCT 2010
- eating disorder;
- invalidating environment;
- core beliefs
It can be hypothesised that invalidating environments in childhood influence the negative core beliefs that are found in the eating disorders. This study of eating-disordered women aimed to test the relationships between perceived childhood invalidating environments and negative core beliefs. Forty-one eating-disordered females completed the measures of childhood invalidating experiences and core beliefs. Such core beliefs were most closely related to the individuals' perceptions of having grown up in a ‘chaotic’ family environment. Future clinical practice should continue to target core beliefs in formulating cases of eating disorders. Explaining those core beliefs may depend on understanding the individual's experiences of invalidation in early years. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.