Relationship between depression and body dissatisfaction in women diagnosed with bulimia nervosa

Pamela K. Keel, James E. Mitchell, Traci L. Davis, Scott J. Crow

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Abstract

Objective: Body dissatisfaction and depression have consistently demonstrated a positive association in women. This study sought to determine the independence of this association from bulimic symptomatology among women diagnosed with bulimia nervosa. Method: Participants were 101 women who completed a controlled treatment study of bulimia nervosa and participated in follow-up assessments 10 years later. Results: Findings indicated that baseline levels of depression were independent of and superior to bulimic symptoms in prospectively predicting body dissatisfaction at follow-up assessment. Discussion: Findings suggest that depression may be a better prognostic indicator of body dissatisfaction than bulimic symptoms in women diagnosed with bulimia nervosa. A model in which depression represents a contributing factor for the maintenance of body dissatisfaction is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-56
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Bulimia
  • Depression

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