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BioMed Research International
Volume 2018, Article ID 9814358, 10 pages
Research Article

Lifetime Traumatic Experiences and Disordered Eating among University Students: The Role of Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms

1Department of Population Studies, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania
2Department of Health, Physical and Social Education, Lithuanian Sports University, Kaunas, Lithuania

Correspondence should be addressed to Romualdas Malinauskas; tl.usl@saksuanilam.samor

Received 8 October 2017; Accepted 21 December 2017; Published 18 January 2018

Academic Editor: Abdelaziz M. Thabet

Copyright © 2018 Vilija Malinauskiene and Romualdas Malinauskas. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The associations between lifetime traumatic events (TEs), posttraumatic stress (PTS) symptoms, and disordered eating (DE) were studied in a sample of 614 university students (mean age 20 years). An anonymous questionnaire included 32 lifetime TEs, IES-revised measured PTS symptoms, and EAT-26 evaluated DE symptoms. Statistical analyses included Pearson correlations and structural equation models (SEM) with bootstrapping method. Findings reveal the prevalence of DE in 8.1% of participants, while 73.9% of students experienced at least one lifetime TE. 52.0% of students with DE had PTS symptoms () and 30.8% of students with lifetime TEs had PTS symptoms (). In SEM, direct paths from lifetime TEs to PTS symptoms (0.38, ) and from PTS symptoms to DE (0.40, ) were observed. The final SEM confirmed the mediating role of PTS symptoms in the path between some TEs (traffic accident and seriously injured) and DE among the university students. If PTS symptoms are associated with DE, then addressing PTS symptoms in the context of DE treatment may improve treatment efficacy.