Exploring quality of life in the eating disorders

Bamford, B and Sly, R (2010) Exploring quality of life in the eating disorders. European Eating Disorders Review, 18 (2). pp. 147-153. ISSN 1072-4133

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to investigate the impact of Body Mass Index (BMI), duration of illness and severity of illness on quality of life within a sample of individuals in treatment for an eating disorder. In addition this study explored differences in specific areas of quality of life (Psychological, Physical/Cognitive, Work/School and Financial) according to specific eating disorder diagnoses. METHOD: Participants (N = 156) were adults currently receiving treatment for an eating disorder. Eating disorder symptomatology and quality of life were assessed using self-report questionnaires. BMI, duration of illness and eating disorder diagnosis was obtained during a clinical interview. RESULTS: Severity of the eating disorder and BMI were predictors of low quality of life. Duration of illness, contrary to clinical expectations was not a significant predictor of poor quality of life. In terms of differences across diagnostic groups, individuals with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa in this sample were found to have lower psychological and physical/cognitive quality of life than those with an EDNOS or BN diagnoses.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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University of East Anglia > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Community and Family Health
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Depositing User: Deborah Clemitshaw
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2012 16:15
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2018 15:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/36924
DOI: 10.1002/erv.975

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