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Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) in adolescents with anorexia nervosa

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Rybakowski F, Slopien A, Zakrzewska M, Hornowska E, Rajewski A. Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) in adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Background: 

Female patients with anorexia nervosa differ significantly from the control women in various dimensions of personality. Objective: 

To investigate the personality dimensions measured with the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) in adolescent patients with restrictive-type and bulimic/purging-type anorexia nervosa (ANR and ANB, respectively), and contrast them with the results of control females. Methods: 

Sixty-one patients with anorexia nervosa (36 ANR and 25 ANB) and 60 controls were tested with the TCI. A concomitant assessment of depression, body mass index and age was made to evaluate the possible correlation with personality dimensions. Results: 

Adolescent ANR patients scored higher in persistence, harm avoidance and cooperativeness, and lower in novelty seeking and self-transcendence than control women. ANB patients scored in the middle between ANR and control females, but differences did not reach the significance level with either group, except for the self-transcendence dimension where they scored significantly higher than those with ANR. Conclusions: 

The deviations in temperamental profile of adolescent ANR are similar to those reported in adult patients. The ANB adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa show less prominent deviations from the personality of control women. With regard to the character dimension of cooperativeness, adolescents with ANR scored higher than controls, in contrast to the observations in adult patients. This may reflect the effect of illness on the development of character.
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Keywords: Temperament and Character Inventory; adolescence; anorexia nervosa; bulimic; personality; purging type; restrictive type

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Medical Sciences; and 2: Department of Basic Psychological Research, University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poznan, Poland

Publication date: 2004-06-01

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