What about the assessment of personality disturbance in adolescents with eating disorders?
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Several aetiological and maintenance (i.e. the trans-diagnostic cognitive-behavioural and cognitive-interpersonal) models and studies (included longitudinal ones) highlight the salient role of personality traits in eating disorder (ED) and body-related pathology [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10], which typically emerges during adolescence [2, 9, 10, 11, 12]. Specific personality profiles of ED patients discriminate different ED’ diagnoses and symptoms , and subjects with anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) tend to have certain personality traits (e.g. obsessions and perfectionism) that often first occur in childhood before the onset of an ED, thereby potentially reflecting neurobiological risk factors for the ED onset [2, 3, 7, 9, 10]. Further, an interesting meta-analytic study by Martinussen and colleagues, recently published in this journal , seems to confirm that personality disorders (PDs) are highly comorbid in both AN and BN as more than half of the patients...
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