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The troubled self in women with severe eating disorders (anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa). A study using interviews, self-reports, and percept-genetic methods.

  • Per Johnsson
  • Gudmund Smith
  • Gunilla Amnér
Publishing year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 9-343
Publication/Series: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
Volume: 55
Issue: 5
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Informa Healthcare

Abstract english

Fifteen anorectic (A) and 13 bulimic (B) patients aged 20-49 years, all seriously ill, and 21 controls were studied, using a half-structured interview, the Tennessee Self Concept Scale, the tachistoscopic Identity Test (IT), and two other percept-genetic tests. The differences between A and B were not particularly pronounced, A patients being on the whole more sensitive and self-directed, and B patients more depressive and object-directed. The IT differentiated between patients and controls very powerfully with regard to alexithymia. A type of response in that test, emphasizing the eyes, was seen as a search for guidance. Descriptions of mother were generally negative.


  • Psychiatry
  • Anorexia Nervosa : psychology
  • Bulimia : psychology
  • Comparative Study
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Female
  • Human
  • Internal-External Control
  • Interview
  • Psychological : methods
  • Middle Age
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Questionnaires
  • Bulimia : complications
  • Adult
  • Affective Symptoms : psychology
  • Affective Symptoms : complications
  • Anorexia Nervosa : complications
  • Self Concept


  • ISSN: 1502-4725
Per Johnsson psykologi samhällsvetenskapliga institutionen
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