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In a pilot study, core beliefs and underlying assumptions were investigated in patients with bulimia nervosa, patients with depression and female controls, using a new self-report measure. The patients with bulimia nervosa did not differ from the patients with depression in negative self beliefs but they did differ in assumptions concerned with weight, shape and eating. Both groups of patients also differed from the female controls, with the exception of one comparison including the depressed patients. The findings support recent developments in cognitive theories of eating disorders. Treatment implications are briefly discussed.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/s0005-7967(98)00068-0

Type

Journal article

Journal

Behaviour research and therapy

Publication Date

09/1998

Volume

36

Pages

895 - 898

Addresses

Isis Education Centre, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, UK.

Keywords

Humans, Questionnaires, Analysis of Variance, Cognition, Pilot Projects, Self Concept, Depression, Eating, Adult, Attitude to Health, Body Image, Bulimia, Psychometrics, Female