Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This relational study had therapists from an eating disorder program distribute a touch avoidance questionnaire to patients currently in treatment for an eating disorder. This study looked at touch avoidance among three groups: subjects with an eating disorder and non-sexual abuse background, subjects with an eating disorder and sexual abuse background, and a control group. The questionnaire consisted of the 20 question Same-Sex Touching Scale (SSTS) (Larsen & LeRoux, 1984) and the Touch Avoidance Measure (TAM) (Andersen & Leibowitz, 1978). T-tests revealed a significant value of -2.19 on the TAM between eating disorder and eating disorder/sexual abuse, a score of 3.66 between eating disorder/sexual abuse and control on the TAM, and a score between the same groups of 2.05 on the combined questionnaire. Results indicate that eating disorder individuals are no more touch avoidant than the control group and that eating disorder/sexual abuse background are more touch avoidant than both non-abused eating disorder individuals and the control group.
North, Christine L., "Touch avoidance and eating disorders: A relational study" (1991). Student Work. 87.