Assessing childhood maltreatment and mental health correlates of disordered eating profiles in a nationally representative sample of English females.

Cherie Armour, Jana Műllerová, Shelley Fletcher, Susan Lagdon, Carol Burns, Martin Robinson, Jake Robinson

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Previous research suggests that childhood maltreatment is associated with the onset of eating disorders (ED). In turn, EDs are associated with alternative psychopathologies such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and with suicidality. Moreover, it has been reported that various ED profiles may exist. The aim of the current study was to examine the profiles of disordered eating and the associations of these with childhood maltreatment and with mental health psychopathology.

The current study utilised a representative sample of English females (N = 4206) and assessed for the presence of disordered eating profiles using Latent Class Analysis. Multinomial logistic regression was implemented to examine the associations of childhood sexual and physical abuse with the disordered eating profiles and the associations of these with PTSD, depression and suicidality.

Results supported those of previous findings in that we found five latent classes of which three were regarded as disordered eating classes. Significant relationships were found between these and measures of childhood trauma and mental health outcomes.

Childhood sexual and physical abuse increased the likelihood of membership in disordered eating classes and these in turn increased the likelihood of adverse mental health and suicidal outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-393
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Early online date25 Nov 2015
Publication statusEarly online date - 25 Nov 2015



  • Childhood trauma
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • PTSD
  • Suicide

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