Personality and Eating Disorders: A Longitudinal Study on a Non-Clinical Sample of Adolescents
De Caro, Elide Francesca
Di Blas, Lisa
The present longitudinal study is aimed at analyzing how adolescents change their dysfunctional attitudes towards their body and eating behaviors in relation to personality characteristics across a six-month time span. Via multiple regression analyses we investigated whether MMPI-A Obsessiveness, Low Self-Esteem, Depression, Family Problems and Concern for health are temporal antecedents of EDI-2 eating disorders, and vice versa. Our main findings revealed a bidirectional relationship between eating attitudes and personality. In fact, Obsessiveness, Low self-esteem, Depression, and Family problems significantly predicted changes in different dysfunctional eating attitudes, but also EDI-Interpersonal distrust and Ineffectiveness predicted changes in different MMPI-A scale scores. All together, findings suggest that personality development in adolescence is sensitive to attitudes towards eating and body appearance, and vice versa.
EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Elide De Caro, Lisa Di Blas, "Personality and Eating Disorders: A Longitudinal Study on a Non-Clinical Sample of Adolescents" in: Paolo Bernardis, Carlo Fantoni, Walter Gerbino (eds.) "TSPC2014. Proceedings of the Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition, November 27-28", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2014, pp. 103-105.