Volume 28, Issue 1
Perceived parental rearing styles in eating disorders
The aim of this study was to test a structural model designed to determine how perceived parenting styles may, in women with eating disorders (ED), affect their personal development and the emotional disturbances they experience, and also to explore how these styles may influence the emergence of behaviors directly related to ED. EMBU, BSQ, EAT-40, EDI-2, BDI, STAI, and BITE were administered to 168 women with some type of ED. The estimated model showed a satisfactory fit. The results show that perceived emotional warmth in the father plays an important role in mitigating perceived rejection by the mother. The analysis also highlights the relevance of personal and emotional variables, particularly low self-esteem, in the development of ED, above and beyond the direct influence of parental rearing styles that are perceived as dysfunctional.
Eating disorder, perceived parental rearing, personal development, emotional disturbances, ex post facto study.