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Personal standards, self-evaluation and perceived benefits of thinness in girls and young women with disturbed eating
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences.
2008 (English)In: European eating disorders review, ISSN 1072-4133, E-ISSN 1099-0968, Vol. 16, no 6, 463-471 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine personal standards, self-evaluation and perceived benefits of thinness in Swedish females 14-21 years with disturbed eating (DE) and to compare these to a group with other psychosocial problems and to a symptom free group. Seventy subjects with DE-group, 65 subjects with psychosocial problems and 70 symptom free subjects were compared regarding items selected from four questionnaires. High personal standards expressed in a competitive way were specific for the DE-group. In comparison with the other groups the DE-group also reported significantly more perceived benefits of thinness and they more frequently believed that thinness would make them more popular. The DE-group also reported a more negative self-evaluation, although this was a trait shared with the subjects with other psychosocial problems and consequently not specific for the DE-group. Identifying specific factors that perpetuate DE habits is important in order to improve our understanding and enhance the treatment of eating disorders.

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2008. Vol. 16, no 6, 463-471 p.
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Eating disorders, Perfectionism, Personal standards, Self-evaluation
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-99667DOI: 10.1002/erv.885ISI: 000261128300007PubMedID: 18615843OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-99667DiVA: diva2:208548
Available from: 2009-03-18 Created: 2009-03-18 Last updated: 2011-02-18Bibliographically approved

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