Prevalence and psychological correlates of eating disorders among females aged 18–30 years in the general population
Version of Record online: 13 NOV 2007
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 99, Issue 4, pages 261–266, April 1999
How to Cite
Ghaderi, A. and Scott, B. (1999), Prevalence and psychological correlates of eating disorders among females aged 18–30 years in the general population. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 99: 261–266. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1999.tb07223.x
- Issue online: 13 NOV 2007
- Version of Record online: 13 NOV 2007
- Accepted for publication November 11, 1998
- eating disorders;
- anorexia nervosa;
Objective: The prevalence of eating disorders (ED) according to DSM-IV, and also correlates of ED, were examined.
Method: This study represented the first phase of a questionnaire-based prospective study. The subjects consisted of 1157 women randomly selected from the general population of females aged 18–30 years in Sweden. Results: Lifetime and point prevalences of 7.8% and 2.6%, respectively, were reported for ED. Subjects with ED reported lower self-esteem, less perceived social support from the family and higher concern about body shape than controls.
Conclusion: Establishing the prevalence and correlates of ED simultaneously and longitudinally among females in the general population may promote our understanding of the development, course and maintenance of ED.