The role of coping and general psychopathology in the prediction of treatment outcome in eating disorders

Michelle M. Davies, Marrie H.J. Bekker, Maries A. Roosen

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Abstract

This study examined coping and general psychopathology as possible predictors of reduction of eating disorder symptomatology. Assessment took place at pre- and post-treatment for all eating disorder patients (N = 93). Eating pattern and behavior were measured, as well as BMI and general psychopathology. As hypothesized, the coping strategies and comorbidity of respondents at pre-treatment contributed significantly to their outcome scores, and behavior aspects associated with eating disorders. Active coping strategies and low levels of general psychopathol-ogy predicted better outcome scores. This implies that active coping strategies and low levels of accompanying psychopathology at pre-treatment could be indicators of good chances for reduction of eating disorder symptomatology such as emotional eating, bulimia symptomatology, ineffectiveness, and introceptive awareness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-258
Number of pages13
JournalEating disorders
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011
Externally publishedYes

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