Abnormal eating attitudes and sexual abuse experiences in Turkish university women

  • G. Elal
  • E. Sabol
  • P. Slade
Original Research Paper


The aim of this study was to examine the direct and indirect relationship between abnormal eating attitudes and sexual abuse. The subject sample comprised 532 female Turkish undergraduate and nursing students in Istanbul. The Eating Attitudes Test (EAT), Sexual Abuse Questionnaire, the Setting Conditions for Anorexia Nervosa Scale, the Positive and Negative Perfectionism Scale and the Need for Control Scale (NCS) were the instruments of the study. The results showed that sexual abuse has a direct effect on EATBulimia but not on EAT-Dieting. It also has some indirect effects on both of these through its effects on family functioning. Perfectionism, on the other hand, was independently linked with both EAT-Dieting and EAT-Bulimia but was not associated with sexual abuse.

Key words

Sexual abuse abnormal eating attitudes dieting bulimia perfectionism family EAT university students 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBogazici UniversityBebek IstanbulTurkey

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