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General psychopathology in anorexia nervosa: the role of psychosocial factors.

  The aim of the present study was to investigate psychosocial correlates of comorbid psychopathology. Data were collected from a total of 90 female inpatients with anorexia nervosa (AN). Higher levels of general psychopathology were detected in depression, interpersonal sensitivity, obsessiveā€“compulsive and anxiety subscales of the Symptom Checklist (SCL)-90. Regression analysis also revealed that higher levels of psychopathology across SCL-90 subscales in AN patients are significantly associated with an earlier age of onset of the condition, higher levels of anorectic psychopathology as measured by Eating Disorders Examination, lower self-esteem as measured by Multidimensional Self-Esteem Inventory and social support levels as measured by Quality of Social Network and Social Support Questionnaire. Considering the high levels of general psychopathology in people with AN, routine clinical practice should aim for a comprehensive assessment of such. Given the strong association between psychosocial factors such as self-esteem, social support and general psychopathology, psychological therapies could play an important role in facilitating emotional recovery.

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    30 November 2009

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    RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    616.8 Nervous & mental disorders


Karatzias, T., Chouliara, Z., Power, K., Collin, P., Yellowlees, A. & Grierson, D. (2009). General psychopathology in anorexia nervosa: the role of psychosocial factors. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. 17, 519-527. doi:10.1002/cpp.701. ISSN 1063-3995



Anorexia Nervosa; Psychopathology; Comorbidity; Psychological Factors;

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