Empathy, systemizing, and autistic traits in anorexia nervosa: A pilot study
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2008 The British Psychological Society
British Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 47, Issue 3, pages 335–339, September 2008
How to Cite
Hambrook, D., Tchanturia, K., Schmidt, U., Russell, T. and Treasure, J. (2008), Empathy, systemizing, and autistic traits in anorexia nervosa: A pilot study. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 47: 335–339. doi: 10.1348/014466507X272475
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Received 17 August 2007; revised version received 18 December 2007
This pilot study examined whether patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) would display an empathizing–systemizing psychometric profile similar to that found in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and whether people with AN would score highly on a measure of autistic traits.
Self-report measures of empathy, systemizing, and autistic traits were administered to 22 female AN patients and 45 female healthy controls (HC).
AN patients and HCs did not differ significantly in their self-reported empathy and systemizing. AN patients scored significantly higher than HCs on the autism-spectrum quotient.
Replication of these findings is required with larger samples and more sensitive measures.