Non-eating disorders psychopathology in children and adolescents with eating disorders: Implications for malnutrition and symptom severity

McDermott, Brett, Forbes, David, Harris, Chris, McCormack, Julie and Gibbon, Peter (2006) Non-eating disorders psychopathology in children and adolescents with eating disorders: Implications for malnutrition and symptom severity. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 60 3: 257-261. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2005.08.004


Author McDermott, Brett
Forbes, David
Harris, Chris
McCormack, Julie
Gibbon, Peter
Title Non-eating disorders psychopathology in children and adolescents with eating disorders: Implications for malnutrition and symptom severity
Journal name Journal of Psychosomatic Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-3999
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2005.08.004
Volume 60
Issue 3
Start page 257
End page 261
Total pages 5
Editor C. M. Shapiro
F. Creed
Place of publication USA
Publisher Elsevier Inc
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321019 Paediatrics
730204 Child health
Abstract Objectives: To compare the general psychopathology in an eating disorders (ED) and a child mental health Outpatient sample and investigate the implications of comorbidity on psychological and physical measures of ED severity. Methods: One hundred thirty-six children and adolescents with a DSM-IV ED diagnosis were compared with age- and gender-matched controls. Measures included the Eating Disorders Examination and the Child Behavior Checklist. Results: The ED group had lower general and externalizing psychopathology scores and no difference in internalizing (anxiety-depression) symptoms. Of the anorexia nervosa group, 49% experienced comorbid psychopathology. This group had significantly higher ED psychopathology, longer duration of illness, and more gastrointestinal symptoms, but no difference in malnutrition status. Eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNos) group measures were less influenced by comorbidity status. Conclusions: Anxiety-depressive symptoms are very common in children and adolescents with EDs. Comorbidity status influences illness severity, especially in the anorexia nervosa group. The management implications of these findings are discussed. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keyword Psychiatry
Anorexia Nervosa
Comorbidity
Children
Adolescents
Anorexia-nervosa
Depression
Bulimia
Community
Q-Index Code C1

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