General psychopathology in anorexia nervosa: the role of psychosocial factors

Thanos Karatzias*, Zoë Chouliara, Kevin Power, Paula Collin , Alex Yellowlees, David Grierson

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The aim of the present study was to investigate psychosocial correlates of comorbid psychopathology. Data were collected from a total of 90 female inpatients with anorexia nervosa (AN). Higher levels of general psychopathology were detected in depression, interpersonal sensitivity, obsessive-compulsive and anxiety subscales of the Symptom Checklist (SCL)-90. Regression analysis also revealed that higher levels of psychopathology across SCL-90 subscales in AN patients are significantly associated with an earlier age of onset of the condition, higher levels of anorectic psychopathology as measured by Eating Disorders Examination, lower self-esteem as measured by Multidimensional Self-Esteem Inventory and social support levels as measured by Quality of Social Network and Social Support Questionnaire. Considering the high levels of general psychopathology in people with AN, routine clinical practice should aim for a comprehensive assessment of such. Given the strong association between psychosocial factors such as self-esteem, social support and general psychopathology, psychological therapies could play an important role in facilitating emotional recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-527
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Issue number6
Early online date1 Jun 2010
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Psychopathology
  • Comorbidity
  • Psychological factors


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