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Emotion recognition and alexithymia in females with non-clinical disordered eating

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posted on 10.12.2012, 15:37 by Nathan Ridout, Clare Thom, Deborah Wallis
Objectives: The aims were to determine if emotion recognition deficits observed in eating disorders generalise to non-clinical disordered eating and to establish if other psychopathological and personality factors contributed to, or accounted for, these deficits. Design: Females with high (n=23) and low (n=22) scores on the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) were assessed on their ability to recognise emotion from videotaped social interactions. Participants also completed a face memory task, a Stroop task, and self-report measures of alexithymia, depression and anxiety. Results: Relative to the low EDI group, high EDI participants exhibited a general deficit in recognition of emotion, which was related to their scores on the alexithymia measure and the bulimia subscale of the EDI. They also exhibited a specific deficit in the recognition of anger, which was related to their scores on the body dissatisfaction subscale of the EDI. Conclusions: In line with clinical eating disorders, non-clinical disordered eating is associated with emotion recognition deficits. However, the nature of these deficits appears to be dependent upon the type of eating psychopathology and the degree of co-morbid alexithymia.

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RIDOUT, N. THOM, C. and WALLIS, D.J., 2010. Emotion recognition and alexithymia in females with non-clinical disordered eating. Eating Behaviors, 11 (1), pp.1-5.

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© Elsevier

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2010

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1471-0153

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en

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