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Abstract

This study examines (a) whether different forms of lifetime family violence exposure are associated with current eating disorder symptoms among young adults, (b) whether current symptoms of depression and anxiety both mediate these links, and (c) whether findings differ by gender. Participants were 319 university students aged 18–20 years (56% male). Independent of gender, both direct victimization by family violence and witnessing family violence were associated with eating disorder symptoms. Symptoms of depression and anxiety partially mediated these associations, and results did not vary by gender. Findings suggest that depression and anxiety may play a role in the development and maintenance of eating disorder symptoms subsequent to repeated incidents of family violence exposure.