Impulsivity and compulsivity in bulimia nervosa
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2005
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 244–251, November 2005
How to Cite
Engel, S. G., Corneliussen, S. J., Wonderlich, S. A., Crosby, R. D., le Grange, D., Crow, S., Klein, M., Bardone-Cone, A., Peterson, C., Joiner, T., Mitchell, J. E. and Steiger, H. (2005), Impulsivity and compulsivity in bulimia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 38: 244–251. doi: 10.1002/eat.20169
- Issue published online: 26 OCT 2005
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 DEC 2004
- bulimia nervosa;
- psychiatric problems
A primary objective of the current article is to investigate the relationship between impulsivity and compulsivity in patients with bulimia nervosa (BN). A second goal is to explore the relationship between impulsivity and compulsivity and related psychiatric problems.
Two-hundred four females with BN completed several measures of impulsivity and compulsivity as well as measures of personality, substance use, eating pathology, and depression.
Participants reported considerable variability on measures of impulsivity and compulsivity and these scores were positively correlated with each other. Impulsive-compulsive groups differed in personality, substance use, eating, and depression.
These findings suggest that impulsivity and compulsivity can coexist in BN patients and that both traits may provide useful information about comorbid problems in women with BN. © 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.