Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Clinical Perspectives on the Relationship Between Sexual Trauma and Obesity in Women
by Lobraco, Melanie L., Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2013, 126; 3560116
Abstract (Summary)

Clinician's views were examined in the link between sexual trauma and the development of obesity in women. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine eating disorder specialists to uncover common beliefs and treatment methods. Weight as a protective mechanism and overeating as a coping technique were major themes within this study. Additionally, food was described as a selfobject and overeating as a dissociative mechanism for obese women. New ideas emerged regarding using food as a self-harming technique, the common emotion of anger among obese women, and frequent relational difficulties. Widespread treatment techniques included using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to curb the eating behavior and psychodynamic or narrative techniques to process the deeper meanings behind the disordered eating. Overall, this study advanced the research related to obesity, which is a largely understudied category of disordered eating.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Niesluchowski, Pamela K.
Commitee: Randall, Karen M.
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Binge eating, Disordered eating, Eating disorders, Obesity, Sexual trauma, Women
Publication Number: 3560116
ISBN: 9781303058226
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