Personality traits after recovery from eating disorders: Do subtypes differ?
Version of Record online: 9 MAR 2006
Copyright © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 276–284, May 2006
How to Cite
Wagner, A., Barbarich-Marsteller, N. C., Frank, G. K., Bailer, U. F., Wonderlich, S. A., Crosby, R. D., Henry, S. E., Vogel, V., Plotnicov, K., McConaha, C. and Kaye, W. H. (2006), Personality traits after recovery from eating disorders: Do subtypes differ?. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 39: 276–284. doi: 10.1002/eat.20251
- Issue online: 24 MAR 2006
- Version of Record online: 9 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 SEP 2005
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Numbers: MH46001, MH42984, K05-MH01894
- Price Foundation
- personality traits;
- eating disorders;
We compared individuals recovered from anorexia (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) to determine characteristics that are shared by or distinguish eating disorder (ED) subtypes.
Sixty women recovered for ≥ 1 year from AN or BN were compared with 47 control women (CW). Assessments included the Yale-Brown-Cornell Eating Disorder Scale, the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, the Beck Depression Inventory, the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale, the Temperament and Character Inventory, and Structured Clinical Interviews for DSM-IV.
Individuals recovered from an ED had similar scores for mood and personality variables that were significantly higher than the scores for CW. Few recovered subjects had Cluster B personality disorder. Most individuals recovered within 6 years of their ED onset. A latent profile analysis identified an “inhibited” and “disinhibited” cluster based on personality traits.
A wide range of symptoms persist after recovery and do not differ between subtypes of ED. These findings may aid in identifying traits that create vulnerabilities for developing an ED. © 2006 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2006.