Health-related quality of life among adolescents with eating disorders

Paul E. Jenkins*, Renee Rienecke Hoste, Angela Celio Doyle, Kamryn Eddy, Ross D. Crosby, Laura Hill, Pauline Powers, James E. Mitchell, Daniel Le Grange

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Abstract

Objective: Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is an emerging area of research in eating disorders (EDs) that has not been examined in adolescents in detail. The aim of the current study is to investigate HRQoL in an adolescent ED sample, examining the impact of ED symptoms on HRQoL. Methods: Sixty-seven treatment-seeking adolescents (57 females) with anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), or eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) completed self-report measures of HRQoL and ED symptoms. Results: Participants reported poorer HRQoL in mental health domains than in physical health domains. Disordered attitudes, binge eating, and compensatory behaviors were associated with poorer mental health HRQoL, and body dissatisfaction was associated with poorer physical health HRQoL. Conclusion: The current study assessed HRQoL among adolescents with EDs, finding several consistencies with the literature on adults with EDs. Future research should compare adolescents and adults with EDs on HRQoL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Volume76
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Eating disorders
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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