Disturbi di personalità e disturbi del comportamento alimentare in adolescenza

Translated title of the contribution: Personality disorders in eating disorders during adolescence

F. Muratori, S. Calderoni, L. Picchi, S. Maestro, V. Viglione, R. Carissimo

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Objective: To assess the prevalence and the distribution of Personality Disorders (PD) in adolescents with Eating Disorders (ED). Method: A sample of 27 adolescents (mean age: 14.9), diagnosed for an eating disorder according to DSM-IV criteria, was evaluated through the SCID II. Clinical subgroups were compared through the Chi-square test. Results: 74.1% of the sample met the criteria for at least one PD diagnosis. Multiple diagnoses were found in 44.4%, mostly in the bulimic subgroup. For all subtypes, cluster C was the most frequent PD. In restricting and full syndromes, the most frequently assigned Axis II diagnosis was Obsessive-Compulsive PD. In binge-eating forms, the prevalent diagnosis was Depressive PD, often associated with cluster B PD. 25. 9% received no Axis II diagnosis, this result being correlated with EAT-40 scores below 30 (p <0.05). Conclusions: Our results suggest the hypothesis of the pre-existence of DP with respect to ED. Three clinical groups are identified: 1) subjects with cluster B and C PD (29.6%); 2) subjects with only cluster C PD (25.9%); 3) subjects with no PD diagnoses (25.9%); this distinction may have useful implications for treatment and prognosis.

Translated title of the contributionPersonality disorders in eating disorders during adolescence
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)243-250
Number of pages8
JournalItalian Journal of Psychopathology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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