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Eat Disord. 2013;21(2):140-53. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2013.761088.

Self-esteem and social anxiety in an adolescent female eating disorder population: age and diagnostic effects.

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  • 1Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Regional Eating Disorder Program, Canada. nobeid@cheo.on.ca

Abstract

This study explored symptoms of social anxiety and multidimensional self-esteem in a clinical, adolescent female eating disorder population. Using self-report measures, data from 344 females revealed significant negative relationships between dimensions of self-esteem and social anxiety. A diagnostic difference emerged, with the restricting subgroup reporting significantly higher perceived physical appearance and global self-worth than those with binge/purge symptoms or bulimia nervosa. No significant age differences or age by diagnosis interaction effects emerged. These findings suggest that in clinical samples of adolescent eating disorders, self-esteem and social anxiety share a significant inverse relationship and seem to remain fairly constant across adolescence.

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