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Psychother Psychosom. 2003 Jan-Feb;72(1):26-33.

Bulimia and impulsive behaviour in middle adolescence.

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University of Tampere, Tampere School of Public Health, and Tampere University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Tampere, Finland. merihe@uta.fi

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In clinical samples, bulimia seems to be associated with various dyscontrol behaviours suggesting weakness in impulse control. Population studies of adolescents, however, are needed. We evaluated the association between self-reported bulimic behaviour and a number of dyscontrol behaviours, namely bullying, truancy, excessive drinking and sexual disinhibition among adolescents aged 14-16. This is the first study on bulimia and impulsivity in a large non-selected adolescent population sample.

METHODS:

A self-report questionnaire was administered to a representative population sample of 14- to 16-year-old adolescents (pupils of the 8th and the 9th grades of secondary school in four different regions in Finland). 4,453 girls and 4,334 boys aged 14-16 participated. The participation rate was 85.5%.

RESULTS:

Bulimic behaviour was associated with bullying, truancy, excessive drinking and sexual disinhibition among both sexes. Odds ratios for bulimic-type eating pathology according to each of these behaviours varied between 1.7 and 4.1. The more dyscontrol behaviours occurred simultaneously, the more likely was bulimic-type eating pathology.

CONCLUSIONS:

There is an association between bulimic behaviour and dyscontrol behaviours in the general population of adolescent girls and boys.

PMID:
12466635
DOI:
10.1159/000067187
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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