Body-size estimation in anorexia nervosa.

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The aim was to explore the body-image perception of a group of 20 hospitalised anorexic patients, aged 18 to 21 years, undergoing a period of treatment. The instrument used was the Askevold nonverbal perception test as modified by Allamani and colleagues in 1978 to assess perception of the dimensions of different parts of the body by exploiting the capacity to project them into space. The four parts were the head, the thoracic area, the abdominal area, and the pelvic area. Analysis of responses indicated that anorexic patients overestimated the abdominal and pelvic areas much more than the 20 members of the control group (50% vs 30%). The areas of the head and thorax were perceived almost in their real dimensions by the anorexic patients but were underestimated by the control group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-31
Number of pages9
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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