Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 245–257

Sexual, body-image, and personality attitudes in anorexia nervosa

  • Gloria R. Leon
  • Alexander R. Lucas
  • Robert C. Colligan
  • Richard J. Ferdinande
  • John Kamp
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00910645

Cite this article as:
Leon, G.R., Lucas, A.R., Colligan, R.C. et al. J Abnorm Child Psychol (1985) 13: 245. doi:10.1007/BF00910645

Abstract

Assessment of adolescent females with anorexia nervosa was carried out at the time of hospitalization and again at discharge. Findings were compared to those from a normal weight control group. The anorexic subjects at the start of treatment indicated significantly negative attitudes about sexual issues. They also reported a significantly poorer self-evaluation of their body, personality, and social skills than was evident in the comparison group. An improvement in attitude regarding these issues was demonstrated by the end of treatment. The function of weight loss in dealing with these problem areas was discussed.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gloria R. Leon
    • 2
  • Alexander R. Lucas
    • 1
  • Robert C. Colligan
    • 1
  • Richard J. Ferdinande
    • 1
  • John Kamp
    • 2
  1. 1.The Mayo Clinic and Mayo FoundationUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolis