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FPI profiles in a European sample of 1068 female patients suffering from anorexia or bulimia nervosa

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Thirty‐two centres from nine European countries participated in a research programme about eating disorders. This study presents results of patients aged 17–26 years suffering from anorexia (N = 418) and bulimia nervosa (N = 650) according to DSM‐IV criteria (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). Patients' personality profiles were assessed with the revised version of the Freiburger Personality Inventory (FPI‐R). Compared to the comparison subjects, the eating‐disordered patients showed lower life satisfaction, health concern and extraversion and higher social orientation, inhibition, irritability, strain, somatic complaints, frankness and emotionality. Anorexic patients had similar scores to the comparison group on achievement orientation and aggressiveness scales. Non‐purging bulimic patients were not different from comparison subjects in aggressiveness and purging bulimic patients showed no difference for extraversion. Differences in the diagnostic subgroups are discussed in light of the literature in this area. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
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Keywords: European sample; FPI‐R; Freiburger Personality Inventory; anorexia nervosa; bulimia nervosa; female patients; purging and non‐purging patients; restricting anorexia

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Service 52B, Hôpital Bellevue, Saint-Etienne, France 2: Abteilung Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Hannover, Germany 3: Psychiatrische Poliklinik, Zürich, Switzerland 4: Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK 5: Universidade do Minho, Departamento Psicologia, Braga, Portugal 6: Department of Psychiatry, 1st Medical School of Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 7: Hospital ‘Ramon y Cajal’, Servicio de Psiquiatria, Madrid, Spain 8: Pol. Agostino Gemelli, Rome, Italy 9: Koillinen Päiväsairaala, Helsinki, Finland

Publication date: 2005-05-01

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