Identifying predictors associated with the severity of eating concerns in females with eating disorders

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Stefania Cella
Annarosa Cipriano
Mara Iannaccone
Paolo Cotrufo *
(*) Corresponding Author:
Paolo Cotrufo |


Considering how to improve efficacy of therapeutic strategies, the overall objective of the present study was to investigate the extent of eating concerns and to identify predictors associated with the severity of disordered eating symptomatology among people with eating pathologies. We screened 80 female eating disordered patients, ranging from 13 to 40 years, by means of self-report measures of parental behavior as perceived by the offspring, self-esteem, perfectionism, body shame and eating disorder severity. Self-reported weight and height were obtained. The diagnosis of bulimia nervosa resulted to be associated with a greater severity of the eating symptomatology. Maladaptive perfectionism, body shame and self-esteem, significantly predicted the level of eating concerns. The recognition of potential maintaining factors may support the choice of particular therapeutic strategies to improve the treatment of eating pathologies and their outcomes.

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Mara Iannaccone, Observatory on Eating Disorders, Department of Psychology, University of Campania, Luigi Vanvitelli, Caserta

Prof. Associato, Psicologia Clinica, Dipartimento di Psicologia - Seconda Università di Napoli