Brief report : maltreatment in childhood and body concerns in adulthood

Brooke, Leah and Mussap, Alexander J. 2013, Brief report : maltreatment in childhood and body concerns in adulthood, Journal of health psychology, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 620-626, doi: 10.1177/1359105312454036.

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Title Brief report : maltreatment in childhood and body concerns in adulthood
Author(s) Brooke, Leah
Mussap, Alexander J.ORCID iD for Mussap, Alexander J.
Journal name Journal of health psychology
Volume number 18
Issue number 5
Start page 620
End page 626
Total pages 7
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1359-1053
Keyword(s) appearance
body image
body shape
eating behaviour
eating disorders
exercise behaviour
Summary Objective: We examined the relationship between maltreatment in childhood and body concerns in adulthood.

Method: A community sample of 156 women and 143 men completed measures of maltreatment – frequency of sexual abuse, physical abuse, physical neglect, emotional abuse and emotional neglect – in childhood. They also reported current dissatisfaction with body weight and shape and drive for thinness and drive for muscle.

Results and conclusions: Childhood maltreatment was associated with drive for muscle in women and body dissatisfaction and drive for thinness in men. The results provide some evidence that adverse conditions in childhood can be associated with gender-atypical body concerns in adulthood.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1359105312454036
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Sage publishers
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