Predictive factors of social disability in anorexic and bulimic patients

  • N. T. Godart
  • F. Perdereau
  • F. Curt
  • F. Lang
  • J. L. Venisse
  • O. Halfon
  • P. Bizouard
  • G. Loas
  • M. Corcos
  • Ph. Jeammet
  • M. F. Flament
Original Research Paper

DOI: 10.1007/BF03325078

Cite this article as:
Godart, N.T., Perdereau, F., Curt, F. et al. Eat Weight Disord (2004) 9: 249. doi:10.1007/BF03325078

Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine whether subjects suffering from anorexia nervosa (AN) or bulimia nervosa (BN) would demonstrate more severe social disability than a control group; and whether social disability could be best explained as a function of the eating disorder itself or as a function of comorbid anxiety or depressive disorders. Method: Subjects were166 AN subjects, 105 BN subjects and 271 control subjects matched for age, sex and socio-economic status. Prevalence of anxiety or depressive disorders was assessed (through the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview), and social functioning was measured (through the Groningen scale). Results: The majority of AN and BN subjects demonstrated social disability in the “social role” (leisure time, time spent with friends) and the “occupational role” (work or educational activities). A regression analysis was employed to uncover predictive factors of social disability. Eating disorders (AN and BN), anxiety disorders and depression accounted for a large portion of social disability. Discussion: Anxiety and depressive disorders appear to play an important role in the type of social disability demonstrated in eating disorder patients. Therapeutic implications are discussed.

Key words

Anorexia nervosa bulimia nervosa social adaptation anxiety disorders depression 

Copyright information

© Editrice Kurtis 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. T. Godart
    • 1
  • F. Perdereau
    • 1
  • F. Curt
    • 1
  • F. Lang
    • 2
  • J. L. Venisse
    • 3
  • O. Halfon
    • 4
  • P. Bizouard
    • 5
  • G. Loas
    • 6
  • M. Corcos
    • 1
  • Ph. Jeammet
    • 1
  • M. F. Flament
    • 7
  1. 1.Psychiatry DepartmentInstitut Mutualiste MontsourisParisFrance
  2. 2.Psychiatric ServicesUniversity Hospital Center of Saint EtienneSaint EtienneFrance
  3. 3.Addictions UnitSaint Jacques HospitalNantesFrance
  4. 4.SUPEA Department of ResearchUniversity Child and Adolescent Psychiatric ServicesGenevaSwitzerland
  5. 5.University of Besançon Hospital CenterBesançonFrance
  6. 6.CHS P. PinelUniversity Hospital SectorAmiensFrance
  7. 7.La Salpêtrière HospitalINSERM/CNRS UMR 7593ParisFrance

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