Shame proneness and eating disorders: a comparison between clinical and non-clinical samples

Cavalera Cesare, Pagnini Francesco, Zurloni Valentino, Diana Barbara, Realdon Olivia, Gianluca Castelnuovo, Todisco Patrizia, Molinari Enrico

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Purpose: To explore the relationship between shame proneness, eating disorders outcomes and psychological aspects of patients with eating disorders (ED). Methods: Sixty-six girls applying for inpatient treatment for ED and 110 female undergraduate students were assessed using the Eating Disorder Inventory-3 and the Shame Proneness Scale of the Test of Self-Conscious Affect. Results: Shame proneness showed significant correlations with several ED components and psychological scales of EDI-3, with some variations across the subgroups. Shame proneness levels were significantly higher in the clinical group than in controls. Conclusions: Shame proneness can be an important component for the development and the maintenance of ED due to a strong correlation not only with ED symptoms but also with psychological aspects of this disease, in both clinical and non-clinical samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-707
Number of pages7
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Eating disorders
  • Shame proneness
  • Subclinical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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