Internalizing and externalizing conditions in adolescent anorexia

Filippo Muratori, Valentina Viglione, Sandra Maestro, Lara Picchi

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Objective: To identify the prevalence of internalizing and externalizing conditions in referred anorexic adolescents. Method: Child Behavior CheckList (CBCL) and Youth Self Report (YSR) were used to assess psychopathology: (a) in the global sample (43 adolescents); (b) in different subtypes of anorexia; (c) considering the timing of admission after the onset of the disease. Results: A high percentage of patients were found in the internalizing clinical range both at CBCL and YSR. Higher mean values were found in full syndromes both at CBCL and YSR, and in the binge-eating subtype only at the YSR. Subjects arrived within the first year of illness showed a less severe psychopathology. Conclusions: Adolescents with anorexia have high rates of internalizing psychopathology. The less severe psychopathology in adolescents arrived within the first year of illness shed light on discontinuity between anorexia and internalizing condition. On the basis of the psychopathological severity, three types of adolescent anorexia are proposed which could be of interest for therapeutic decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-97
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Adolescence
  • Child Behavior Checklist
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychopathology
  • Youth Self Report

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)


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