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Keywords:

  • eating disorder symptoms;
  • depression, self-criticism;
  • inpatients

Abstract

Objective:

Although the unipolar depression-eating disorder comorbidity is adequately documented, examination of the role of depressive personality styles in eating disorders is relatively scarce.

Method:

Associations between depressive symptoms, depressive risk and resilience (i.e., dependency, self-criticism, and sense of efficacy), and eating disorder symptoms (as measured by the Eating Disorder Inventory-2) were examinedin inpatient adolescent females (N = 81).

Results:

Self-criticism emerged as independent, robust, and strong predictor of eating disorder symptoms.

Conclusion:

Patients self-criticism should be targeted in psychotherapy and might serve as an obstacle for successful inpatient treatment. The role of self-derogation in eating disorders should be examined further. © 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2008