Narcissistic characteristics and eating-disordered behaviors
Article first published online: 28 AUG 2009
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 43, Issue 6, pages 560–564, September 2010
How to Cite
Campbell, M. and Waller, G. (2010), Narcissistic characteristics and eating-disordered behaviors. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 43: 560–564. doi: 10.1002/eat.20739
- Issue published online: 13 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 28 AUG 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 JUN 2009
- eating disorders;
There is evidence that core narcissism and the narcissistic defenses have a role in the emotions and cognitions associated with the eating disorders. However, there is little understanding of its relationship with behaviors seen in this population. This study aimed to examine the relationship between narcissism and eating-disordered behaviors (e.g., bingeing and purging).
The participants, 110 women presenting with an eating disorder, completed measures of narcissism and eating disorder psychopathology.
Associations were found between patients who engaged in excessive exercise and levels of narcissism. There were also dimensional associations between eating-disordered behaviors and specific aspects of narcissism.
Clinical implications and limitations of the study are discussed, and future directions for research suggested. © 2009 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2010; 43:560–564