A Phenomenological Study on Trauma and Binge Eating Disorder Among African American Women in the State of Virginia
School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Mollie Evans Boyd
trauma, binge eating disorder, African American women, symptomatology, binge eating
Appiah, Vester, "A Phenomenological Study on Trauma and Binge Eating Disorder Among African American Women in the State of Virginia" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3970.
The primary goal of this research was to investigate trauma and binge eating disorders among African American women. This study is related to numerous research assessments on disordered eating even though they have majorly focused on binge eating among European American women, thus ignoring the African Americans. However, the investigation aimed to build on the previous research studies by conducting a more in-depth exploration of the adverse impact experienced by the minority groups and how traumatic events contribute to the situation. Besides, culturally specific models of binge eating among African American women were conducted in trauma survivors and possible mechanisms through which exposure to trauma is related to the symptomatology of binge eating disorder. The researcher hypothesized to determine whether there is a relationship between trauma and binge eating disorder. Trauma and binge eating are linked in such a way that individuals who experience adverse historical experiences turn to food as a coping mechanism for their emotions. Further, the researcher recommended additional research on this topic to fill the existing gap about the prevalence of binge eating in society, particularly among ethnic minority groups.