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Br J Clin Psychol. 2008 Sep;47(Pt 3):335-9. doi: 10.1348/014466507X272475. Epub 2008 Jan 21.

Empathy, systemizing, and autistic traits in anorexia nervosa: a pilot study.

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  • 1Division of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry, Section of Eating Disorders, King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

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.

METHOD:

Self-report measures of empathy, systemizing, and autistic traits were administered to 22 female AN patients and 45 female healthy controls (HC).

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

Replication of these findings is required with larger samples and more sensitive measures.

PMID:
18208640
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