In search of predictors of dropout from inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa
Article first published online: 7 SEP 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 30, Issue 3, pages 237–244, November 2001
How to Cite
Kahn, C. and Pike, K. M. (2001), In search of predictors of dropout from inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 30: 237–244. doi: 10.1002/eat.1080
- Issue published online: 7 SEP 2001
- Article first published online: 7 SEP 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 NOV 2000
- anorexia nervosa;
- inpatient treatment;
The purpose of the present study was to investigate risk factors associated with premature dropout in the treatment of anorexia nervosa (AN).
Eighty-one women who received free inpatient treatment for AN on a clinical research unit at a university-based psychiatric facility participated in this study. Demographic, lifetime, and baseline clinical characteristics as well as self-report measures of eating disorder symptomatology and associated psychopathology were assessed upon admission.
Results indicated that AN subtype and length of illness were modestly predictive of treatment dropout.
With the exception of AN subtype and length of illness, successful completion of inpatient treatment may be unrelated to the severity of eating disorder symptomatology and associated psychopathology. Continued empirical research into factors that influence treatment dropout is clearly needed. © 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 30: 237–244, 2001.