Adverse Childhood Experiences and Disordered Eating in the Military

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Erin Cobb (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Abstract: Over the last two decades , researchers , clinicians , and policy makers have increasingly acknowledged the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs; Felitti et al. , 1998) on adult health outcomes. Although the prevalence of disordered eating in military populations has been acknowledged in the literature , little seems to be known about its connection to childhood adversity. This dissertation explores the interplay between ACEs , disordered eating , protective factors , and health outcomes. A better understanding of these relationships is essential to develop policies , as well as clinical , research , and training practices that can effectively attend to the needs of military Service members. This dissertation includes a systematic review of research with military populations that attends to the relationship between childhood adversity and disordered eating , and presents the methodology and results from a survey distributed internationally to 135 active duty Service members. This dissertation concludes with recommendations for integrating key findings into existing screening , treatment , and prevention practices.

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Language: English
Date: 2018

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