Two–three-year stability and interrelations of bulimotypic indicators and depressive and anxious symptoms in middle-aged women
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2006
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 312–319, May 2006
How to Cite
Procopio, C. A., Holm-Denoma, J. M., Gordon, K. H. and Joiner, T. E. (2006), Two–three-year stability and interrelations of bulimotypic indicators and depressive and anxious symptoms in middle-aged women. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 39: 312–319. doi: 10.1002/eat.20242
- Issue published online: 24 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 23 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 JUN 2005
- bulimotypic indicators;
- depressive symptoms;
- anxious symptoms;
- middle-aged women
There is a paucity of research examining eating disorder symptoms among middle-aged women.
This prospective study assessed the stability of bulimic symptoms and 5 associated variables (perfectionism, depressive symptoms, self-esteem, anxiety symptoms, and perceived weight status) in a sample of 150 middle-aged women (mean age = 45.19 years) over a 2.5-year time period. In addition, interrelations among bulimic, anxiety, and depressive symptoms were assessed.
Results suggested that all 6 bulimia-related variables remained significantly stable over 2.5 years. In addition, notable relations between Time 1 and Time 2 variables emerged (e.g., anxious symptoms at Time 1 predicted bulimic symptoms at Time 2).
Thus, the results indicate that bulimic symptoms exist in middle-aged women, and that they remain relatively stable over a 2.5-year time period. Clinical implications for middle-aged women with eating disorder symptoms are discussed. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., Int J Eat Disord, 2006