Is drive for thinness in anorectic patients associated with personality characteristics?
Article first published online: 21 OCT 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. and Eating Disorders Association
European Eating Disorders Review
Volume 12, Issue 6, pages 375–379, November/December 2004
How to Cite
Vervaet, M., van Heeringen, C. and Audenaert, K. (2004), Is drive for thinness in anorectic patients associated with personality characteristics?. Eur. Eat. Disorders Rev., 12: 375–379. doi: 10.1002/erv.586
- Issue published online: 21 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 21 OCT 2004
- anorexia nervosa;
- weight concerns
The objective was to compare clinical and personality features in anorectic patients (AN) with a high and low drive for thinness (DT).
The samples comprised 244 AN in- and outpatients at the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology (University of Gent) in Belgium. Subjects were assessed on clinical and psychometric parameters.
27 per cent (N = 62) of the subjects had low DT as measured by the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) of whom 48 were restricting anorectic patients (ANR). This atypical anorectic group appeared to have less severe psychopathology with a lower harm avoidance and higher self-directedness as subscales of the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI).
Weight concerns is an important diagnostic criterion, but may have other motivations than a culture-bound drive for thinness. This differentiation may have therapeutic consequences. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.