State self-esteem ratings in women with bulimia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in remission
Version of Record online: 14 NOV 2007
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 41, Issue 2, pages 159–163, March 2008
How to Cite
Daley, K. A., Jimerson, D. C., Heatherton, T. F., Metzger, E. D. and Wolfe, B. E. (2008), State self-esteem ratings in women with bulimia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in remission. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 41: 159–163. doi: 10.1002/eat.20447
- Issue online: 20 FEB 2008
- Version of Record online: 14 NOV 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 JUN 2007
- USPHS. Grant Numbers: R01 MH45466, R01 MH057395
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center General Clinical Research Center. Grant Number: RR01032
- Bernice S. Weisman Fund
- bulimia nervosa;
- eating disorders;
- symptom patterns;
Bulimia nervosa (BN) is associated with low self-esteem. This study was designed to assess whether low self-esteem persists in nondepressed individuals who have recovered from BN (BN-R).
Study groups included BN (n = 22), BN-R (n = 20), and healthy controls (n = 42). Participants were medication-free, and none met criteria for current major depression. Assessment instruments included the State Self-Esteem Scale (SSES), a self-rating scale designed to measure state-related changes in self-esteem.
Consistent with previous reports, SSES scores for BN were lower than for controls (p < .001). For BN-R, SSES scores were higher than for BN (p < .001), but lower than for controls (p < .025). For BN-R, scores on the SSES Appearance subscale were inversely correlated with ratings of dietary restraint (p < .005).
This study provides new evidence for persistent low self-esteem following recovery from BN. Follow-up studies are needed to assess whether low self-esteem contributes to recurrent dieting and risk for relapse. © 2007 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2008