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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2002 Oct;70(5):1170-81.

Understanding a link between sexual harassment and eating disorder symptoms: a mediational analysis.

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Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 61820, USA. mharned@s.psych.uiuc.edu

Abstract

Using data from 3 samples of working women and men, the present study examines the association between sexual harassment and eating disorder symptoms by studying the processes that may underlie this relationship. The results of structural equation modeling suggest a link between sexual harassment and eating disorder symptoms among women and indicate that this relationship is mediated by psychological distress, self-esteem, and self-blame. Further, sexual harassment was found to predict eating disorder symptoms among women even when experiences of sexual assault were included in the model. No relationship was found between sexual harassment and eating disorder symptoms among men. The theoretical and clinical implications of these results are discussed.

PMID:
12362967
DOI:
10.1037//0022-006x.70.5.1170
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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