Anxiety, alexithymia, and depression as mediators of the association between childhood abuse and eating disordered behavior in African American and European American Women

Suzanne E. Mazzeo, Karen S. Mitchell, Larry J. Williams

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Abstract

This study evaluated structural equation models of the associations among family functioning, childhood abuse, depression, anxiety, alexithymia, and eating disorder symptomatology in a sample of 412 European American and 192 African American female undergraduates. Additionally, the specific roles of anxiety, depression, and alexithymia as mediators were assessed. Each of these variables was a significant mediator of the association between childhood abuse and disordered eating. Finally, a test of invariance between the African American and European American subsamples was significant, highlighting the need for additional cross-cultural eating disorder research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-280
Number of pages14
JournalPsychology of Women Quarterly
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

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