Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is characterized by body image distortion. From a phenomenological perspective, body image disturbance has been associated with a more profound disturbance encompassing disorders of the way persons experience their own body. The aim of this study was to disentangle the complex dynamics that connect the experience of one's own body and self-identity to the psychopathological features of AN by applying a network analysis. Fifty-seven patients with AN restrictive subtype and 27 with AN binge-purging subtype participated in the study. Eating Disorders Inventory-2 and Identity and Eating Disorders subscores, measuring the embodiment dimensions, were included in the network. Two of the main dimensions of embodiment-feeling extraneous from one's own body and feeling oneself through objective measures-were the nodes with the highest strength together with interoceptive awareness (IA). IA was a node included in several pathways connecting embodiment dimensions with most of the AN psychopathological dimensions. The centrality of the embodiment disorder suggests the importance of considering the body image disturbance in people with AN as resulting from their difficulty in experiencing inner states and as a tool to build its own self. This assumption may orient therapeutic interventions.

The Role of the Embodiment Disturbance in the Anorexia Nervosa Psychopathology: A Network Analysis Study / Cascino, Giammarco; Castellini, Giovanni; Stanghellini, Giovanni; Ricca, Valdo; Cassioli, Emanuele; Ruzzi, Valeria; Monteleone, Palmiero; Monteleone, Alessio Maria. - In: BRAIN SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-3425. - ELETTRONICO. - 9:(2019), pp. 0-0. [10.3390/brainsci9100276]

The Role of the Embodiment Disturbance in the Anorexia Nervosa Psychopathology: A Network Analysis Study

Castellini, Giovanni;Stanghellini, Giovanni;Ricca, Valdo;Cassioli, Emanuele;Monteleone, Palmiero;
2019

Abstract

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is characterized by body image distortion. From a phenomenological perspective, body image disturbance has been associated with a more profound disturbance encompassing disorders of the way persons experience their own body. The aim of this study was to disentangle the complex dynamics that connect the experience of one's own body and self-identity to the psychopathological features of AN by applying a network analysis. Fifty-seven patients with AN restrictive subtype and 27 with AN binge-purging subtype participated in the study. Eating Disorders Inventory-2 and Identity and Eating Disorders subscores, measuring the embodiment dimensions, were included in the network. Two of the main dimensions of embodiment-feeling extraneous from one's own body and feeling oneself through objective measures-were the nodes with the highest strength together with interoceptive awareness (IA). IA was a node included in several pathways connecting embodiment dimensions with most of the AN psychopathological dimensions. The centrality of the embodiment disorder suggests the importance of considering the body image disturbance in people with AN as resulting from their difficulty in experiencing inner states and as a tool to build its own self. This assumption may orient therapeutic interventions.
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