Mond, J and Hay, P and Rodgers, B and Owen, C, Self-recognition of disordered eating among women with bulimic-type eating disorders: A community-based study, The International journal of eating disorders, 39, (8) pp. 747-753. ISSN 0276-3478 (2006) [Refereed Article]
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Objective: Self-recognition of eatingdisordered behavior was examined in a community sample of young adult women (n ¼ 158) with bulimic eating disorders.
Method: A vignette was presented describing a fictional person meeting diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa. Participants were asked whether they might currently have a problem such as the one described. Scores on measures of eating disorder psychopathology, functional impairment and general psychological distress were compared between participants who recognized a problem with their eating and those who did not.
Results: Participants who recognized a problem with their eating (n ¼ 86, 51.9%) had higher levels of eating disorder psychopathology and general psychological distress, were more likely to engage in selfinduced vomiting, and tended to be heavier, than those who did not (n ¼ 72, 48.1%). In addition, participants who recognized a problem were more likely to have received treatment for an eating or weight problem. In multivariate analysis, the occurrence of self-induced vomiting and higher body weight were the only variables significantly associated with recognition.
Conclusion: Poor recognition of eating-disordered behavior may be conducive to low or inappropriate treatment seeking among individuals with bulimictype eating disorders. The perception that only disorders involving self-induced vomiting are pathological may need to be addressed in prevention programs.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Eating disorders, Mental health literacy, Recognition|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Mental health services|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Mental health|
|UTAS Author:||Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||50|
|Deposited By:||UTAS Centre for Rural Health|
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