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Eat Disord. 2012;20(1):31-41. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2012.635561.

Self-forgiveness in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

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  • 1College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.


This study investigated whether low levels of self-forgiveness were associated with eating disorder symptomatology. Participating women (N = 51) had diagnoses of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or no eating disorder diagnosis. They completed 3 measures of self-forgiveness. Women with eating disorders had lower levels of self-forgiveness compared with control participants. Results suggest that incorporating self-forgiveness interventions into current eating disorder treatments should be evaluated in future research as they might enhance clinical outcomes.

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