Personality disorders in 545 patients with eating disorders
Article first published online: 5 DEC 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
European Eating Disorders Review
Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 94–99, March/April 2008
How to Cite
Godt, K. (2008), Personality disorders in 545 patients with eating disorders. Eur. Eat. Disorders Rev., 16: 94–99. doi: 10.1002/erv.844
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 5 DEC 2007
- personality disorders;
Previous research on the prevalence of personality disorders in patients with eating disorders varies greatly in findings, but a general understanding seem to exist that personality disorders are rather common among eating-disordered patients. The present investigation is aimed at establishing the prevalence of DSM III-R or DSM IV personality disorders in a large population seeking treatment for eating disorders.
Five hundred and forty-five patients with DSM IV- eating disorders have been evaluated using the structured clinical interview for DSM III-R or IV-Axis II and the eating disorder examination.
The 29.5% of the population have one or more personality disorders according to DSM III-R or DSM IV criteria. Personality disorders, and specifically borderline personality disorder, are significantly more common in patients with bulimia nervosa.
The proportion of eating-disordered patients with co-morbid personality disorder may not be as large as often found in studies. This challenges the understanding of a strong overall connection between the two groups of disorder; however, the connection seems to exist in subsets of eating disorder samples. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.