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Identity impairment and the eating disorders: content and organization of the self-concept in women with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2007 Jan; 15(1):58-69.EE

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The cognitive model of the self-concept was used to test the theoretical proposition that disturbances in overall identity development are a core vulnerability that lead to formation of a fat body weight self-definition and eating disorder symptomatology.

METHOD

Structural properties of the self-concept, availability in memory of a fat body weight self-schema, and eating disordered attitudes and behaviours were measured in women with anorexia nervosa (AN) (n = 26), bulimia nervosa (BN) (n = 53) and controls (n = 32).

RESULTS

Women with (AN) and (BN) had fewer positive and more negative and highly interrelated self-schemas compared to controls, and women with BN showed information processing evidence of a fat self-schema available in memory. These self-concept properties predicted eating disordered attitudes and behaviour.

DISCUSSION

Disturbances in the overall collection of identities--an impoverished self--is an important contributor to eating disorder symptomatology. The development of new positive selves may be an important factor in recovery.

Authors+Show Affiliations

The University of Michigan School of Nursing, 400 N. Ingalls, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. kfarchau@umich.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17676674

Citation

Stein, Karen Farchaus, and Colleen Corte. "Identity Impairment and the Eating Disorders: Content and Organization of the Self-concept in Women With Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa." European Eating Disorders Review : the Journal of the Eating Disorders Association, vol. 15, no. 1, 2007, pp. 58-69.
Stein KF, Corte C. Identity impairment and the eating disorders: content and organization of the self-concept in women with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2007;15(1):58-69.
Stein, K. F., & Corte, C. (2007). Identity impairment and the eating disorders: content and organization of the self-concept in women with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. European Eating Disorders Review : the Journal of the Eating Disorders Association, 15(1), 58-69.
Stein KF, Corte C. Identity Impairment and the Eating Disorders: Content and Organization of the Self-concept in Women With Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2007;15(1):58-69. PubMed PMID: 17676674.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Identity impairment and the eating disorders: content and organization of the self-concept in women with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. AU - Stein,Karen Farchaus, AU - Corte,Colleen, PY - 2007/8/7/pubmed PY - 2007/9/19/medline PY - 2007/8/7/entrez SP - 58 EP - 69 JF - European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association JO - Eur Eat Disord Rev VL - 15 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The cognitive model of the self-concept was used to test the theoretical proposition that disturbances in overall identity development are a core vulnerability that lead to formation of a fat body weight self-definition and eating disorder symptomatology. METHOD: Structural properties of the self-concept, availability in memory of a fat body weight self-schema, and eating disordered attitudes and behaviours were measured in women with anorexia nervosa (AN) (n = 26), bulimia nervosa (BN) (n = 53) and controls (n = 32). RESULTS: Women with (AN) and (BN) had fewer positive and more negative and highly interrelated self-schemas compared to controls, and women with BN showed information processing evidence of a fat self-schema available in memory. These self-concept properties predicted eating disordered attitudes and behaviour. DISCUSSION: Disturbances in the overall collection of identities--an impoverished self--is an important contributor to eating disorder symptomatology. The development of new positive selves may be an important factor in recovery. SN - 1099-0968 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17676674/Identity_impairment_and_the_eating_disorders:_content_and_organization_of_the_self_concept_in_women_with_anorexia_nervosa_and_bulimia_nervosa_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.726 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -