Obesity Surgery

, Volume 27, Issue 12, pp 3253–3257 | Cite as

Adverse Childhood Experiences in a Post-bariatric Surgery Psychiatric Inpatient Sample

  • Kathryn Fink
  • Colin A. Ross
Original Contributions



Sixty-three inpatients in a psychiatric hospital who had previously undergone bariatric surgery were interviewed by the hospital dietitian. The purpose of the study was to determine the frequency of adverse childhood experiences in this population.


Participants completed the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Scale.


The average score on the ACE was 5.4 (3.3); 76% of participants reported childhood emotional neglect, 70% childhood verbal abuse, and 64% childhood sexual abuse; only two participants reported no adverse childhood experiences.


The participants in the study reported high levels of adverse childhood experiences compared to the general population, which is consistent with prior literature on rates of childhood trauma in post-bariatric surgery patients. The role of adverse childhood experiences in post-bariatric surgery adaptation should be investigated in future research, including in prospective studies.


Obesity Bariatric surgery Psychiatric inpatients Adverse childhood experiences 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement of Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Statement of Animal and Human Rights

All procedures performed in this study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Psychological TraumaRichardsonUSA

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