The relationship between selflessness levels and the severity of anorexia nervosa symptomatology

Rachel Bachner-Melman*, Ada H. Zohar, Richard P. Ebstein, Eytan Bachar

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship of selflessness, the tendency to ignore one's own needs and interests and serve others, to the severity of anorexia nervosa (AN) symptomatology. Measures of selflessness, perfectionism, obsessiveness, self-esteem, disordered eating, body dissatisfaction, drive for thinness and general symptomatology were completed by 205 women with a history of AN (ANh) in various stages of illness and recovery (42 ill, 90 partially recovered and 78 recovered) and 238 female controls. The ANh women's scores on the Selflessness Scale declined significantly as the severity of current pathology decreased. Recovered anorexics scored similarly to female controls. Assertion of one's own needs and interests may be an integral corponent of recovery from AN, and should be emphasized in therapy.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)213-220
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

Keywords

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Selflessness

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