The effects of childhood trauma on daily mood lability and comorbid psychopathology in bulimia nervosa

Stephen A. Wonderlich, Steven Rosenfeldt, Ross D. Crosby, James E. Mitchell, Scott G. Engel, Joshua Morrison Smyth, Raymond Miltenberger

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Abstract

A study of bulimic women examined the relationship between histories of childhood trauma and psychiatric disorders, as well as daily measures of mood and behavior. One hundred twenty-three women with bulimia nervosa were assessed with interviews and completed an Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) protocol in which they carried a palmtop computer for 2 weeks. Sexual abuse was associated with a history of mood and anxiety disorders, and emotional abuse with eating disorder psychopathology. In the EMA assessment, sexual abuse was associated with daily purging frequency and self-destructive behavior. Emotional abuse was associated with average daily mood and mood lability. These findings support the idea that child maltreatment may be associated with various aspects of bulimia-related psychopathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-87
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Wonderlich, S. A., Rosenfeldt, S., Crosby, R. D., Mitchell, J. E., Engel, S. G., Smyth, J. M., & Miltenberger, R. (2007). The effects of childhood trauma on daily mood lability and comorbid psychopathology in bulimia nervosa. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20(1), 77-87. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.20184