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Int J Eat Disord. 2012 Jan;45(1):110-4. doi: 10.1002/eat.20896. Epub 2011 Feb 18.

The Eating Disorders Examination in adolescent males with anorexia nervosa: how does it compare to adolescent females?

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California 94305, USA. adarcy@stanford.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The study aimed to explore the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) for adolescent males with eating disorders (EDs) compared with adolescent females with EDs.

METHOD:

Data were collected from 48 males and matched on percent median body weight (MBW) and age to 48 females at two sites.

RESULTS:

Adolescent males with anorexia nervosa-type presentation scored significantly lower than matched females on Shape Concern, Weight Concern, and Global score. They also scored lower on a number of individual items.

DISCUSSION:

The EDE has clinical utility with adolescent males with anorexic-type presentation although males' scoring ranges are consistently lower than those from adolescent females with similar clinical presentations. Males scored significantly lower on a number of items representing core symptoms such as desire to lose weight. More research is needed to gain a better understanding of the experience of adolescent males with EDs, particularly in relation to the nature of shape concern.

Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

PMID:
22170022
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PMCID:
PMC3241004
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