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Clinical Psychology and Special Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2304-0394


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Аlexithymia and eating attitudes among adolescent and young girls of non-clinical population 3700


Kelina M.Y.
Postgraduate, Moscow City Psychological and Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russia

Meshkova T.A.
PhD in Psychology, Head of the Department of Differential Psychology and Psychophysiology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

The link between alexithymia and eating disturbances risk among 117 girls (age 17,6 + 3,2) of Moscow non-clinical population was studied. Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20), Eating Attitude Test (EAT-26), Eating Disorder Inventory-2 (EDI-2), Body appreciation scale (BAS) were used. Girls with evident alexithymia show higher potential risk of eating disturbances (EAT-26 total score above 20), than girls without alexithymia. TAS-20 total score demonstrates positive correlations with EAT-26 total score and “Oral control” subscale, and with EDI-2 subscales: “Drive for thinness”, “Ascetism”, “Maturity fears”, “Ineffectiveness”, “Social insecurity”, “Emotional disregulation”, “Interoceptive deficits”. The negative correlations between TAS-20 total score, body dissatisfaction and body mass index were obtained. The role of alexithymia as possible predictor of eating disturbances was discussed.

Keywords: eating behavior, alexithymia, body dissatisfaction, risk factor, adolescent girls

Column: Empirical research

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