Category: Eating Disorders

Symposium

Ineffectiveness and Interoceptive Awareness as Core Eating Disorder Symptoms: An Inpatient Eating Disorder Sample

Sunday, November 19
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Sapphire 400, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Eating Disorders | Research Methods
Presentation Type: Symposium

Eating disorders are characterized by a range of symptoms that reflect abnormal or disordered eating behaviors and cognitions. Available research on eating disorders largely reflects a traditional latent variable model, whereby the range of symptoms reflects an underlying entity. The network model is an alternative approach where symptoms do not reflect an inferred, unobservable category or dimension, but rather are themselves constitutive of the disorder. Accordingly, in network theory, eating disorders constitute a causal system of mutually reinforcing symptoms that arise from biological and psychological vulnerabilities and settle into a pathological equilibrium. In the present study, data from those with eating disorders (n = 5,193) that competed the Eating Disorders Inventory - 2 (EDI-2; Garner, 1991) before and after inpatient treatment was used to identify symptoms central to eating disorders. Examination of eleven eating disorder symptoms revealed that interoceptive awareness and ineffectiveness, but not body dissatisfaction and drive for thinness, were consistently central to the eating disorder network at admission and discharge. Multiple regression analyses revealed that ineffectiveness at admission predicted discharge BMI (over and above interoceptive awareness and BMI at admission) and discharge depression (over and above interoceptive awareness and depression at admission), but not discharge anxiety. The implications of these findings for conceptualizing the nature, structure, and treatment of eating disorder symptoms are discussed. 

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