Obsessive-compulsive characteristics in women who have recovered from bulimia nervosa




The goal of this study was to follow up on reports that obsessive-compulsive characteristics, which are commonly elevated in bulimia nervosa (BN), may also be elevated in individuals who have recovered from BN (BN-R).


Self-ratings on the Maudsley Obsessional-Compulsive Inventory (MOCI), the Restraint Scale (a measure of dieting behavior related to weight concerns), and questionnaires reflecting eating disorder-related symptoms were evaluated for women who met criteria for BN (n = 25) or BN-R (n = 21) and were free of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and for healthy female controls (n = 28).


MOCI scores for the BN-R group (5.5 ± 5.4) were similar to those for the BN group (5.4 ± 4.4) and were significantly elevated (p < 0.05, p < 0.02, respectively) in comparison to controls (2.5 ± 1.9). Of note, MOCI scores for the BN-R group were significantly correlated with scores on the Restraint Scale (r = 0.60, p < 0.02).


Further studies are needed to assess the relationship between elevated obsessive-compulsive characteristics and eating patterns in individuals recovered from BN. © 2007 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2007