Attachment working models have been interpreted such as affective regulation/dysregulation patterns, whose disruption is associated with eating disorders. The purpose of this research work was to investigate attachment models and alexithymia in a sample of young 50 outpatients with anorexia and bulimia, in a subsample of parents and in a control group. The following instruments were administrated: Adult Attachment Interview, Toronto Alexithymia Scale, Observer Alexithymia Scale, SCID-I. The results show an over-representation of dismissing and disorganized attachment in the clinical sample. ED subjects show a significantly higher level of alexithymia than the control group. Daughters and parents tend to attribute to each other alexithymic characteristics. Alexithymia could be considered as a symptom of a family that is not able to promote the development of affect mentalization.
Keywords: Eating disorders, affective regulation, attachment disorganization, alexithymia, risk factors.
Valentina Guiducci, Fabiola Bizzi, Antonio Ferro, Donatella Cavanna, Affective dysregulation, attachment disorganization and Eating Disorders: Individual and familial risk factors in "MALTRATTAMENTO E ABUSO ALL’INFANZIA" 2/2018, pp. 65-85, DOI:10.3280/MAL2018-002005