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Do coping strategies discriminate eating disordered individuals better than eating disorder features? An explorative study on female inpatients with anorexia and bulimia nervosa.

Abstract

The purpose of this explorative research was to examine how the COPE (Coping Orientation to Problem Experienced Inventory), an established instrument for measuring coping styles, and EDI-2 (Eating Disorder Inventory-2), a widely used questionnaire for assessing psychological and behavioural features of eating disorders (ED), discriminate among healthy individuals, inpatients with anorexia nervosa (AN) and inpatients with bulimia nervosa (BN). A discriminant analysis approach was used. Results showed that coping styles such as positive attitude, planning and social support are even more discriminative variables than eating disorder features. Implications for further studies are discussed.

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    Psychology Research Laboratory, San Giuseppe Hospital, Istituto Auxologico Italiano IRCCS, 28824 Piancavallo, VB, Italy.

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    MeSH

    Adaptation, Psychological
    Adult
    Anorexia Nervosa
    Body Image
    Bulimia Nervosa
    Defense Mechanisms
    Female
    Follow-Up Studies
    Humans
    Middle Aged
    Patient Admission
    Personality Inventory
    Problem Solving
    Psychometrics
    Reference Values
    Reproducibility of Results
    Risk Factors
    Self Efficacy
    Social Support
    Stress, Psychological
    Thinness
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    19680792