An exploration into the relationship between eating, psychological factors and trauma

About this study

Disordered eating and eating disorders are psychological conditions that impact many people in different ways. Disordered eating commonly occurs in the presence of other difficulties such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and perfectionism. Some people also report a traumatic event(s) as pivotal in the development of their problems with food. Useful evidence-based treatments are available to help people recover from disordered eating, however many people do not seek help and when they do, it can take time to create enduring positive change. Past research has identified a relationship between disordered eating and other factors such as a past history of trauma and other psychological factors e.g. anxiety, perfectionism, low self-esteem. What is not clear however, is how these other factors impact on disordered eating thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This study aims to explore the interrelationship between disordered eating and other factors that have been reported to be relevant in the literature. The information gathered in this study will be used to improve our understanding of how these factors impact on each other. A better understanding of the underlying factors involved will inform future efforts to treat and prevent the related disorders.

Research TeamMiss Inge Gnatt, Associate Professor Maja Nedeljkovic, Dr Danielle Williamson
InstitutionSwinburne University of Technology
Ethics Approval Number2018/328
Funding SourceNot applicable however, Inge Gnatt's candidature is supported by the Australian Government's Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.
Project Start Date19 October 2018
Project End Date19 October 2019
ParticipantsIndividuals aged 18 years of age or over who can understand English
Whats InvolvedOnline questionnaire which takes approximately 45 mins to complete
Contact Details

Inge Gnatt 0424 208 643

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