Journal article

Empirically Derived Subtypes of Full and Subthreshold Anorexia Nervosa in Adolescent Females: Understanding General Psychopathology and Treatment Implications

Stephanie R Damiano, John E Reece, Sophie Reid, Linsey Atkins, George Patton

EATING DISORDERS | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

The aim of this study was to derive clinically relevant subtypes of anorexia nervosa (AN) and subthreshold AN using general psychopathology variables and to determine how they differ on eating pathology. Participants were 39 adolescent females aged 13 to 18 years, diagnosed with AN or subthreshold AN. Cluster analysis revealed two subtypes that differed significantly in eating pathology. Cluster 1 patients were typically underweight with no clinical elevations on eating or psychopathology measures. Cluster 2 patients were mostly of healthy weight with greater eating and psychological problems. Findings allow clinicians to classify and understand AN beyond diagnostic criteria, and implement i..

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