Objective: Just as the sequelae of child physical and sexual abuse are being better recognized, so is the aftermath of unsupported disclosure. In this study, we aimed to focus on the particular difficulties faced by those suffering with eating disorders in disclosing trauma histories during their hospital stay. Method: A partly structured, self-report questionnaire was administered to 35 consecutive inpatients with eating disorders. Participants were asked whether they had disclosed physical, sexual or emotional abuse during their admission and their feelings about having done so were also canvassed. Results: A wide variety of impressionalistic responses was received to most questions and these will be discussed in detail. Conclusions: As the paper is based on the presentation of a new instrument, no firm conclusions can be reached, however, some suggestions to enhance and ease the process of disclosure in the clinical situation are briefly discussed.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||European Eating Disorders Review|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1999|
- Child sexual abuse
- Eating disorders