Understanding persistence in bulimia nervosa: A 5-year naturalistic study

Fairburn, Christopher G., Stice, Eric, Cooper, Zafra, Doll, Helen A, Norman, Patricia A. and O'Connor, Marianne E. (2003) Understanding persistence in bulimia nervosa: A 5-year naturalistic study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 71 (1). pp. 103-109. ISSN 0022-006X

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Bulimia nervosa shows a marked tendency to persist, suggesting that powerful maintaining mechanisms operate. Using data from a prospective, 5-year, study of the natural course of 102 people with bulimia nervosa, the authors sought to identify predictors of persistence and to test specific hypotheses derived from the cognitive-behavioral theory of the persistence of bulimia nervosa. The results of both sets of analyses were consistent with the theory, with the degree of overevaluation of shape and weight and a history of childhood obesity predicting a persistent course. There was also support for the central prediction of the cognitive-behavioral theory. These findings suggest that the mechanisms specified by the theory influence its longer term natural course.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Rhiannon Harvey
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2011 10:34
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2023 15:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/32785
DOI: 10.1037/0022-006X.71.1.103

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