Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The quality of life in individuals with eating disorders
by Pollack, Lauren Olivia, A.M., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2013, 73; 1537590
Abstract (Summary)

Quality of life is an important aspect of the assessment of medical and psychiatric disorders, such as eating disorders. Eating disorders affect both the emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals who suffer from them and presumably impact quality of life. The purpose of this study was to assess the quality of life of individuals seeking inpatient treatment for an eating disorder using the Quality of Life Inventory. This assessment is unique because it considers both the importance and satisfaction of life domains and it is also very comprehensive, assessing 16 life domains both quantitatively and qualitatively. This is the first study to report on the use of the Quality of Life Inventory in an eating disorder sample. It was hypothesized that patients with eating disorders would have significantly worse quality of life than non-clinical groups and similar quality of life compared to other clinically impaired groups. This hypothesis was confirmed. It was also predicted that individuals with anorexia and bulimia nervosa would have statistically equivalent quality of life global scores but differences on domain scores, and this was confirmed as well. Finally, it was hypothesized that treatment history, number of co-morbid disorders, body mass index, and eating disorder symptoms would be related to quality of life, which was not supported. These results contribute to the literature about quality of life of individuals with eating disorders by supporting existing findings based on other quality of life measures and add information about life domains not previously assessed by other measures.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lundgren, Jennifer D.
Commitee: Aupperle, Robin, Rempfer, Melisa, Williams, Karen
School: University of Missouri - Kansas City
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Eating disorders, Inpatient treatment, Quality of life, Quality of life inventory
Publication Number: 1537590
ISBN: 978-1-303-08938-1
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