Full syndromal versus subthreshold anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder: A multicenter study
Article first published online: 23 AUG 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 309–318, November 2002
How to Cite
Crow, S. J., Stewart Agras, W., Halmi, K., Mitchell, J. E. and Kraemer, H. C. (2002), Full syndromal versus subthreshold anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder: A multicenter study. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 32: 309–318. doi: 10.1002/eat.10088
- Issue published online: 23 AUG 2002
- Article first published online: 23 AUG 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 APR 2002
- eating disorders;
- full and partial cases;
- Yale-Brown-Cornell Eating Disorders Scale
The diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge eating disorder (BED) establish symptom severity levels, which are used to separate full cases from partial cases. However, the value of these distinctions is unclear.
Three hundred eighty-five women with full or partial AN, BN, or BED were assessed at entry into a longitudinal study of eating disorders.
Stepwise discriminant analysis revealed that full and partial BN were discriminated by the Yale-Brown-Cornell Eating Disorders Scale total scores (kappa = .46). However, it was not possible to discriminate between full and partial AN or BED. Discriminant analysis also demonstrated clear differences between full AN, BN, and BED.
Full BN can be differentiated from partial BN by more severe eating disorder symptoms, whereas both full and partial AN and full and partial BED appear quite similar. These results emphasize the distinct nature of AN, BN, and BED, as well as the similarities between full and partial cases. © 2002 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 32: 309–318, 2002.