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Desirable possible selves and depression in adult women with eating disorders
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2014 (English)In: Eating and Weight Disorders, ISSN 1124-4909, E-ISSN 1590-1262, Vol. 19, no 2, 145-151 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
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Purpose Possible selves are conceptions of our selves in future states. Previous findings indicated that women with anorexia nervosa tended to have more negative possible selves than a control group, even when rating future situations normally regarded in our society as desirable. The present study investigated whether this was a general pattern in women with eating disorders, relating findings on possible selves to depression. Possible selves concerning treatment were also included. Methods Patients with anorexia nervosa (n = 19), bulimia nervosa (n = 29) or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) (n = 18) and a control group (n = 27) rated the valence of five possible selves on Likert’s scales. Levels of depression were measured among the patients using the Beck Depression Inventory. Results The patients rated the valence of the possible selves significantly less positively and more negatively than did the control group. A strong correlation between valence and depression was found in patients with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. No such correlation was found in patients with EDNOS. Possible selves concerning future treatment were rated even more negatively. Conclusions The results indicate that, when compared to a non-patient group, eating disorder patients make more negative evaluations of possible selves usually seen as desirable. Depression may be a mediating factor in these evaluations for the anorexia and bulimia patients.

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Editrice Kurtis s.r.l. , 2014. Vol. 19, no 2, 145-151 p.
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Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, Depression
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Psychology Other Social Sciences
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Teacher Education and Education Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1874DOI: 10.1007/s40519-014-0122-7ISI: 000336386700002PubMedID: 24729000Local ID: 2320/13787OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1874DiVA: diva2:869952
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