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Negative self-image and outcome in eating disorders: results at 3-year follow-up.
2007 (English)In: Eating Behaviors, ISSN 1471-0153, Vol. 8, no 3, 398-406 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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INTRODUCTION: Negative self-image has been hypothesised to be of aetiological significance in eating disorders; however, its relationship to outcome remains unclear. The present study examined the relationship between self-image and follow-up status in a heterogeneous sample of eating disorder patients (N=246). METHODS: Patients were assessed at intake and after 36 months. Self-image was measured using SASB, and a general outcome measure was calculated comprising eating disorder symptoms, occupational status, interpersonal relationships and general psychopathology. RESULTS: SASB self-hate was the most important variable for predicting poor outcome, followed by occupational status, interpersonal relationships, eating disorder symptoms, SASB self-emancipation and general psychiatric symptoms. Together these variables predicted 23% of the variance in outcome. DISCUSSION: High levels of self-hate may increase the risk of poor outcome in eating disorders by adversely affecting interpersonal relationships and making it difficult for patients to engage in treatment.

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2007. Vol. 8, no 3, 398-406 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-101393DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2006.12.002PubMedID: 17606238OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-101393DiVA: diva2:212900
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