Self-criticism is a key predictor of eating disorder dimensions among inpatient adolescent females

Silvana Fennig, Arie Hadas, Liat Itzhaky, David Roe, Alan Apter, Golan Shahar

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Objective: Although the unipolar depression-eating disorder comorbidity is adequately documented, examination of the role of depressive personality styles in eating disorders is relatively scarce. Method: Associations between depressive symptoms, depressive risk and resilience (i.e., dependency, self-criticism, and sense of efficacy), and eating disorder symptoms (as measured by the Eating Disorder Inventory-2) were examined in inpatient adolescent females (N = 81). Results: Self-criticism emerged as independent, robust, and strong predictor of eating disorder symptoms. Conclusion: Patients self-criticism should be targeted in psychotherapy and might serve as an obstacle for successful inpatient treatment. The role of self-derogation in eating disorders should be examined further.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)762-765
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Depression, self-criticism
  • Eating disorder symptoms
  • Inpatients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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