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Multi-dimensional self-esteem and magnitude of change in the treatment of anorexia nervosa.

  Self-esteem improvement is one of the main targets of inpatient eating disorder programmes. The present study sought to examine multi-dimensional self-esteem and magnitude of change in eating psychopathology among adults participating in a specialist inpatient treatment programme for anorexia nervosa. A standardised assessment battery, including multi-dimensional measures of eating psychopathology and self-esteem, was completed pre- and post-treatment for 60 participants (all white Scottish female, mean age=25.63 years). Statistical analyses indicated that self-esteem improved with eating psychopathology and weight over the course of treatment, but that improvements were domain-specific and small in size. Global self-esteem was not predictive of treatment outcome. Dimensions of self-esteem at baseline (Lovability and Moral Self-approval), however, were predictive of magnitude of change in dimensions of eating psychopathology (Shape and Weight Concern). Magnitude of change in Self-Control and Lovability dimensions were predictive of magnitude of change in eating psychopathology (Global, Dietary Restraint, and Shape Concern). The results of this study demonstrate that the relationship between self-esteem and eating disorder is far from straightforward, and suggest that future research and interventions should focus less exclusively on self-esteem as a uni-dimensional psychological construct

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    30 March 2016

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Elsevier

  • DOI:

    10.1016/j.psychres.2016.01.046

  • ISSN:

    0165-1781

  • Library of Congress:

    RT Nursing

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    610.73 Nursing

Citation

Collin, P., Karatzias, T., Power, K., Howard, R., Grierson, D. & Yellowlees, A. (2016). Multi-dimensional self-esteem and magnitude of change in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. Psychiatry Research. 237, 175-181. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2016.01.046. ISSN 0165-1781

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Keywords

Anorexia nervosa; Self-esteem; Treatment outcome; Inpatient treatment;

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