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Eat Behav. 2007 Jan;8(1):65-72. Epub 2006 Feb 20.

Core beliefs in dieters and eating disordered women.

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  • 1Eating Disorders Service, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust and School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. newman.leung@bsmht.nhs.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The current study aimed to investigate the difference in the levels of core beliefs between eating disordered women and those who showed milder forms of symptomatology.

METHODS:

Thirty-five eating disordered women, 16 symptomatic dieters, 39 normal dieters and 34 non-clinical comparison women completed questionnaires measuring eating symptomatology (Eating Disorders Inventory [EDI]), core beliefs (Young Schema Questionnaire [YSQ]), depression (The Beck Depression Inventory-II [BDI-II]) and self-esteem (Rosenberg Self-Esteem Inventory [RSE]).

RESULTS:

With the exception of Entitlement beliefs, there were significant differences in the levels of core beliefs across all four groups. In particular, symptomatic dieters and eating disordered women differed on 8 YSQ subscales despite showing very similar level of eating symptomatology.

DISCUSSION:

The current findings lend support to the discontinuity model that suggests that there are fundamental differences between women with a clinical eating disorder and those with milder eating psychopathology. The clinical and research implications of the present results were discussed.

PMID:
17174853
DOI:
10.1016/j.eatbeh.2006.01.001
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