Journal article

Seeing yourself clearly: Self-identification of a body image problem in adolescents with an eating disorder

Scott J Fatt, Jonathan Mond, Kay Bussey, Scott Griffiths, Stuart B Murray, Alexandra Lonergan, Phillipa Hay, Kathleen Pike, Nora Trompeter, Deborah Mitchison

EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

AIM: Many adolescents who meet diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder do not self-identify as having a problem and may consequently be less likely to seek help. Extant research investigating self-identification has been limited to specific populations (ie, girls meeting criteria for bulimic-type eating disorders). This study investigated how self-identification varied across sex, eating disorder diagnoses, and the presence of extreme eating behaviours, and how self-identification was related to help-seeking in adolescents. METHODS: Participants included 1002 Australian school students (75.5% female, Mage = 15.14 years, SD = 1.40) who met DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder. ..

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