The mediational significance of negative/depressive affect in the relationship of childhood maltreatment and eating disorder features in adolescent psychiatric inpatients

Christopher J. Hopwood, E. B. Ansell, D. C. Fehon, C. M. Grilo

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OBJECTIVE: Childhood maltreatment is a risk factor for eating disorder and negative/depressive affect appears to mediate this relation. However, the specific elements of eating- and body-related psychopathology that are influenced by various forms of childhood maltreatment remain unclear, and investigations among adolescents and men/boys have been limited. This study investigated the mediating role of negative affect/depression across multiple types of childhood maltreatment and eating disorder features in hospitalized adolescent boys and girls. METHOD: Participants were 148 adolescent psychiatric inpatients who completed an assessment battery including measures of specific forms of childhood maltreatment (sexual, emotional, and physical abuse), negative/depressive affect, and eating disorder features (dietary restriction, binge eating, and body dissatisfaction). RESULTS: Findings suggest that for girls, negative/depressive affect significantly mediates the relationships between childhood maltreatment and eating disorder psychopathology, although effects varied somewhat across types of maltreatment and eating disorder features. Generalization of mediation effects to boys was limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e9-e16
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011



  • Body image
  • Childhood maltreatment
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Gender
  • Mediation
  • Negative affect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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