The relationship between self-injurious behavior and self-disclosure in adolescents with eating disorders

Anat Brunstein Klomek, Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Evia Shellac, Arik Hadas, Uri Berger, Mira Horwitz, Silvana Fennig

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of the current study is to examine the association between self disclosure and self-injurious behaviors among adolescent patients diagnosed with an eating disorder.

Methods: Sixty three female patients who fulfilled the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria of eating disorders were included (i.e. anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and eating disorders not otherwise specified). Participants’ age ranged from 11.5 to 20 years (M = 15.42, SD = 1.82).

Results: 82.5% of the sample endorsed severe self-injurious behaviors. A moderate negative relationship was found between general disclosure to parents and self-injurious behaviors indicating that patients who generally self-disclose to their parents (on different topics, apart from suicidal ideation) engage less frequently in self-injurious behaviors. In addition, the more patients self-disclose their suicidal ideation to others, the more they tend to self-injure.

Conclusion: Self-disclosure to parents on any topic may buffer against self-injurious behaviors and therefore it is important to work with adolescents suffering from eating disorders on effective self disclosure. In addition, self-disclosure about suicidal ideation to others by adolescents suffering from eating disorders should always be taken seriously, since it may be related to self-injurious behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Eating disoders
  • Self disclosure
  • Self injurious behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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