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Keywords:

  • abuse;
  • binge eating disorder;
  • childhood maltreatment;
  • personality disorders

Grilo CM, Masheb RM. Childhood maltreatment and personality disorders in adult patients with binge eating disorder. Acta Psychiatr Scand 2002: 106: 183–188. © Blackwell Munksgaard 2002.

Objective: To examine the association between retrospective reports of different types of childhood maltreatment and current personality disorders (PDs) in patients with binge eating disorder (BED).

Method: A total of 116 consecutive out-patients with DSM-IV BED were assessed with diagnostic interviews and completed the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire to assess childhood maltreatment in five domains (emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional neglect and physical neglect).

Results: Eighty-two percent of patients reported some form of childhood maltreatment and 30% met criteria for at least one PD. Emotional abuse was significantly associated with cluster C PD overall and specifically with avoidant PD.

Conclusion: Reports of emotional abuse – but not other forms of maltreatment – were associated with greater likelihood of a PDs in patients with BED.