The broad range of psychological disorders and correlations with childhood upbringing has resulted in the creation of a complex connection between mental illness in adults as a result of childhood trauma. My research findings indicate that child abuse experienced during youth often leads to higher susceptibility to eating disorders in adulthood. Further, the research reflects that the type of child abuse experienced, influenced the type of eating disorder developed later in life. By researching the relationship of child abuse and eating disorders, it becomes evident that suicidal behaviors are also increased due to childhood experiences with abuse as well as their connection to disordered eating thoughts and patterns.
"Effect of Child Abuse on Eating Disorders and Suicidal Behaviors,"
Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science: Vol. 11
, Article 9.