A study of patients with anorexia nervosa using ecologic momentary assessment

Scott G. Engel, Stephen A. Wonderlich, Ross D. Crosby, Traci L. Wright, James E. Mitchell, Scott J. Crow, Erin E. Venegoni

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of the current study was to demonstrate the feasibility of studying subjects with anorexia nervosa (AN) using ecologic momentary assessment (EMA). A second goal of the current study was to conduct a preliminary investigation of a proposed model of anorexic behavior. Method: Ten female participants with AN carried Palm top computers for an average of 2 weeks per participant. Each day, participants were signaled six times by the Palm top and answered questions about mood, behavior, stressful events, and self-appraisal. Results: AN subjects displayed excellent compliance with the protocol. Participants completed more than 90% of the signaled recordings. The results also generally support the model of AN behavior proposed. Conclusion: EMA appears to be a feasible and productive means of assessment in studying AN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-339
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

Keywords

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Ecologic momentary assessment
  • Palm top computers

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