Date of Submission
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., ABPP
Rosemary Mennuti, Ed.D., Chairperson
Robert DiTomasso, Ph.D., ABPP
Glenn Waller, Ph.D.
Cognitive theory suggests that traumatic experiences impact on psychopathology via the development of unconditional negative cognitions (core beliefs or schema). This study examined the links between types of childhood trauma and core beliefs in an eating-disordered population. Chart reviews were conducted for 91 eating-disordered women in treatment. Each woman was asked about a history of 4 types of trauma, and completed a standardized measure of core beliefs. This study failed to find links between those women who reported childhood trauma and their core beliefs. Regression analysis predicted 4 schema (Emotional Deprivation, Mistrust/Abuse, Vulnerability to Harm and Subjugation) that were associated with one type of trauma - childhood sexual abuse. The study also found that age at first occurrence was relevant to the cognitive disturbance experienced, particularly for those who were emotionally abused.
Ganis, Christine C., "Different Forms of Abuse in the Eating Disorders: Impact on Schema-Level Cognitions" (2003). PCOM Psychology Dissertations. 183.