Invalidating childhood environment
Women who scored highly on the ICES had greater levels of eating disturbance.
Within the clinical sample, the data were compatible with a model where difficulties in tolerating distress partially mediate the relationship between perceived invalidation by the father and eating pathology.
It is encouraging to see this kind of formal research now being done.
Development of a measure to assess invalidating childhood environments in the eating disorders.
This study aims to develop a measure of childhood invalidating environments (Invalidating Childhood Environments Scale; ICES).
It also investigated the relationship between childhood experiences, levels of distress tolerance and eating pathology.
Findings: There were several statistically significant results.
Participants with a greater number of sensory processing symptoms were more likely to have a mental health diagnosis (t(166)=3.108, p=.002, two-tailed).
RESULTS: The ICES had acceptable psychometric and clinical validity.Here is an abstract from a university paper on measuring invalidation in childhood.