Eating disorder symptoms and parenting styles

Emma Haycraft, Jacqueline Blissett

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    This study aimed to examine associations between symptoms of eating disorders and parenting style, in a non-clinical sample. One hundred and five mothers completed self-report measures of eating disorder symptoms and parenting style. Higher levels of eating disorder symptoms were associated with more authoritarian and permissive parenting styles. Authoritative parenting was not significantly related to eating disorder symptoms. The findings demonstrate that eating disorder symptoms in non-clinical individuals are related to less adaptive parenting styles. These findings have potential implications for clinicians working with mothers with eating disorders.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)221-224
    Number of pages4
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


    • Authoritarian
    • Eating disorders
    • Mothers
    • Parenting style
    • Permissive

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Psychology(all)


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