Eating disorders and community violence in the lives of adolescents

Kristi Groteke Guadagnoli (2002)

This study explores the relationship between exposure to community violence and eating disorders in females. Subjects, 65 high school students who attend an alternative high school program completed the Eating Disorders Inventory-II to assess eating disordered behavior, the Straus Conflict Tactic Scale to assess home violence and the Brief Symptom Inventory to assess general psychopathology. Multiple regression analyses found a significant relationship between Total Community Violence and Drive for Thinness/Body Distortion in females; while violence experienced in the home was significantly related to Bulimia in females. There were significant mean differences between males and females in Drive for Thinness and Body Distortion. These findings suggest that there is a link between exposure to community violence and eating disordered behavior.