Invalidating childhood environments and core beliefs
Following replication and extension to a clinical sample, these results suggest that targeting the individual's attitude towards emotional expression might reduce eating attitudes among women who have experienced an invalidating childhood environment.OBJECTIVE This study examined the relationship between an invalidating childhood environment and eating pathology, including diagnoses, eating attitudes and eating behaviours. Is body checking in the eating disorders more closely related to diagnosis or symptom presentation? Mountford, V., Corstorphine, E., Tomlinson, S., & Waller, G. Development of a measure to assess invalidating childhood environments in the eating disorders. Corstorphine, E., Mountford, V., Tomlinson, S., Waller, G., & Meyer, C. Eating concerns were positively associated with recollections of an invalidating parental environment.The belief that the expression of emotions is a sign of weakness fully mediated the relationship between childhood maternal invalidation and adult eating concern.She was the co-author of a text on CBT for eating disorders and has worked on a number of grant-funded randomised controlled trials on the treatment of anorexia. Recovery-based care in specialist Mental Health Services.
She is the co-author of text on CBT for eating disorders and has worked on a number of grant-funded randomised controlled trials on the treatment of anorexia. Previous research has suggested that invalidating childhood environments are positively related to the symptoms of eating disorders.However, it is unclear how childhood environments might impact upon the development of eating disorder symptoms.This study examined the relationship between parental invalidation and eating disorder-related attitudes in a nonclinical sample and tested the mediating effect of attitudes towards emotional expression.
Two hundred women, with a mean age of 21 years, completed measures of invalidating childhood environments, attitudes towards emotional expression, and eating pathology.
Her current research interests include treatment processes and outcomes for body image. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for the Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive Treatment Guide.