Eating disorder symptoms and parenting styles

E 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. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-224
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2010


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


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