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Differences between Australian adolescents with eating disorder symptoms who are in treatment or not in treatment for an eating disorder

Trompeter, N, Bussey, K, Forbes, MK, Mond, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0410-091X, Hay, P, Basten, C, Goldstein, M, Thornton, C, Heruc, G, Byrne, S, Griffiths, S, Lonergan, A, Touyz, S and Mitchison, D 2021 , 'Differences between Australian adolescents with eating disorder symptoms who are in treatment or not in treatment for an eating disorder' , Early Intervention in Psychiatry, vol. 15, no. 4 , pp. 882-888 , doi: 10.1111/eip.13027.

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Abstract

Background: Mental health problems frequently occur during adolescence, however,few adolescents seek treatment for these problems, especially for eating disorders.The current study aimed to quantify how adolescents in a clinical sample (ie, thosereceiving treatment for an eating disorder), differ in terms of psychological factors(eating disorder symptoms and psychological distress), compared to adolescents witheating pathology in a community sample (ie, those not receiving treatment).Method: Data were used from a community sample of adolescents with eating disorder pathology who have not sought treatment (n = 1011) and a clinical sample ofadolescents presenting at eating disorder services for treatment (n = 153). Participants reported demographics and completed questionnaires assessing weight/shapeconcerns, disordered eating and psychological distress.Results: Adolescents with a lower BMI, more frequent purging and higher weight/shape concerns were more common in the clinical sample, while those engaging inmore frequent driven exercise were less common in the clinical sample. The samplesdid not differ in severity of psychological distress.Conclusions: The findings highlight the need for increasing mental health literacyabout the role of BMI and driven exercise in eating disorder symptom presentationto increase early detection of these disorders among adolescents.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Trompeter, N and Bussey, K and Forbes, MK and Mond, J and Hay, P and Basten, C and Goldstein, M and Thornton, C and Heruc, G and Byrne, S and Griffiths, S and Lonergan, A and Touyz, S and Mitchison, D
Keywords: adolescence, eating disorders, mental health literacy, treatment utilization, treatment-seeking
Journal or Publication Title: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1751-7885
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/eip.13027
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