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OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to provide a preliminary investigation of the presence of metacognition in anorexia nervosa (AN). METHOD: Female participants with a history of AN (N=16), dieters (N=15) and non-dieting controls (N=17) completed self-report questionnaires, including one assessing five dimensions of metacognition. RESULTS: Those with a history of AN, compared to both control groups, had higher scores on metacognition; indicating higher levels of uncontrollability and danger; cognitive confidence; need for control; and cognitive self-consciousness, but not higher levels of positive beliefs. CONCLUSION: Metacognition is worthy of further study in those with a history of AN.

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Journal article


Br J Clin Psychol

Publication Date





113 - 117


Adolescent, Adult, Anorexia Nervosa, Awareness, Body Mass Index, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Culture, Diet, Reducing, Female, Humans, Internal-External Control, Personality Inventory, Self Concept, Surveys and Questionnaires, Thinking