How adolescents with anorexia nervosa and their parents perceive family functioning?

Fiorenzo Laghi, Sara Pompili, Valeria Zanna, Maria Chiara Castiglioni, Michela Criscuolo, Ilenia Chianello, Silvia Mazzoni, Roberto Baiocco

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This study aims at examining whether adolescent girls diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and their parents differ in perceiving the different aspects of family functioning. Moreover, the discrepancy between adolescent girls and healthy controls on Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales dimensions, family communication, and family satisfaction is investigated. The study includes 36 female anorexia patients and their parents and 36 healthy controls. The results showed a different view between mothers and their daughters with regard to the dimension of rigidity. In addition, girls with anorexia nervosa were less satisfied about family environment and rated their families as less communicative, flexible, cohesive, and more disengaged, compared to controls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-207
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2017


  • adolescents
  • anorexia nervosa
  • circumplex model of marital and family systems
  • family functioning
  • family satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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