Obsessive-compulsive characteristics in women who have recovered from bulimia nervosa
Article first published online: 7 FEB 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 381–385, May 2007
How to Cite
Morgan, J. C., Wolfe, B. E., Metzger, E. D. and Jimerson, D. C. (2007), Obsessive-compulsive characteristics in women who have recovered from bulimia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 40: 381–385. doi: 10.1002/eat.20363
- Issue published online: 28 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 7 FEB 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 NOV 2006
- NIH. Grant Number: R01 MH45466
- USPHS. Grant Number: M01 RR01032
- bulimia nervosa;
- obsessive-compulsive characteristics
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