Emotional neglect, attachment and separation anxiety in eating disorders: A study on adolescents and their parents

Author/s Grazia Attili, Lorenza Di Pentima, Alessandro Toni, Antonio Roazzi
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2016/2 Language Italian
Pages 24 P. 95-118 File size 312 KB
DOI 10.3280/MAL2016-002006
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The impact of emotional neglect by fathers and mothers in patients with eating disorders (N = 101, mean age = 15.3 years), with attachment working models (IWMs) at high versus low levels of separation anxiety and associations with psychopathological symptoms were investigated. In order to assess attachment IWMs, the SAT was administered to patients and their parents. Patients also completed the PBI for measurement of parental bonding and the SCL-90 for the psychopathological spectrum. Results show that patients with IWMs at high anxiety refer more Affectionate Constraint and Affectionless Control by their mothers and Neglectful Parenting by their fathers, and show more psychopathological symptoms. Furthermore, the patients’ perception of distorted parental styles associated with IWMs at high anxiety in parents.

Keywords: Eating disorders, attachment IWMs with separation anxiety, parental bondings, emotional neglect, psychopathology.

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