BACKGROUND: To investigate the relationship between age of onset and clinical and personality features of patients with anorexia nervosa (AN). SAMPLING AND METHOD: We assessed 250 outpatients with AN with the Temperament and Character Inventory, the Eating Disorder Inventory 2, the Beck Depression Inventory and the Body Shape Questionnaire. The patients were subdivided into 3 groups: early (n=73), intermediate (n=96) and late onset (n=81), based on age of onset of symptoms. RESULTS: The early-onset group shows higher body dissatisfaction, maturity fear, impulsivity and asceticism than the other 2 groups. This group shows a greater character fragility, as described in particular by a lower self-directedness, than the other 2 groups. CONCLUSIONS: Even several years after the onset of the disorder, early-onset subjects affected by AN seem characterized by a more disturbed personality, with a higher body dissatisfaction than late-onset subjects affected by AN and a pursuit of thinness based on an ascetic drive.

Clinical, psychological and personality features related to age of onset of anorexia nervosa

ABBATE DAGA, Giovanni;RIGARDETTO, Roberto;GANDIONE, Marina;FASSINO, Secondo
2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: To investigate the relationship between age of onset and clinical and personality features of patients with anorexia nervosa (AN). SAMPLING AND METHOD: We assessed 250 outpatients with AN with the Temperament and Character Inventory, the Eating Disorder Inventory 2, the Beck Depression Inventory and the Body Shape Questionnaire. The patients were subdivided into 3 groups: early (n=73), intermediate (n=96) and late onset (n=81), based on age of onset of symptoms. RESULTS: The early-onset group shows higher body dissatisfaction, maturity fear, impulsivity and asceticism than the other 2 groups. This group shows a greater character fragility, as described in particular by a lower self-directedness, than the other 2 groups. CONCLUSIONS: Even several years after the onset of the disorder, early-onset subjects affected by AN seem characterized by a more disturbed personality, with a higher body dissatisfaction than late-onset subjects affected by AN and a pursuit of thinness based on an ascetic drive.
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ABBATE-DAGA G; PIERÒ A; RIGARDETTO R; GANDIONE M; GRAMAGLIA C; FASSINO S
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