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Altered exposure-related reshaping of body appreciation in adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa

Mele, S, Cazzato, V, Di Taranto, F, Maestro, S, Fabbro, F, Muratori, F and Urgesi, C (2016) Altered exposure-related reshaping of body appreciation in adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa. Body Image, 19. ISSN 1873-6807

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Several studies suggest a relation between repeated exposure to extremely thin bodies in 7 media and the perceptual and emotional disturbances of body representation in anorexia 8 nervosa (AN). In this study, we utilized an exposure paradigm to investigate how perceptual 9 experience modulates body appreciation in adolescents with AN as compared to healthy 10 adolescents. Twenty AN patients and 20 healthy controls were exposed to pictures of thin or 11 round models and were then required to express liking judgments about bodies of variable 12 weight. Brief exposure to round models increased the liking judgments of round bodies but 13 not those of thin bodies in healthy adolescents. Furthermore, exposure to round models 14 increased the liking judgments of both thin and round bodies in adolescents with AN. Patients 15 did not show any change of liking judgments after exposure to thin models. These results 16 point to weak norm-based reshaping of body appreciation in AN patients.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 11 Medical And Health Sciences, 17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences, 16 Studies In Human Society
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2016 10:34
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 04:11
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2016.08.014
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4196
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