, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 143-160
Date: 22 Jun 2006

Weight-related Teasing, Dysfunctional Cognitions, and Symptoms of Depression and Eating Disturbances

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Abstract

Although there is evidence that verbal victimization in childhood may be a nonspecific risk factor for a variety of disorders, there may be mediational pathways that are specific to each disorder. In this study, we hypothesized that disorder-specific cognitions would mediate the relation between reports of childhood verbal victimization and undergraduates’ current symptoms of depression and eating disorders. In addition, we hypothesized that a specific type of verbal victimization, weight-related teasing, would be more strongly related to the presence of dysfunctional eating cognitions than depressive cognitions. Both hypotheses were supported, providing preliminary evidence for the hypothesized disorder-specific mediational pathways.

An earlier version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC, 2005. This project was supported in part by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development grant HD048664 awarded to the second author.