Obesity, borderline personality symptomatology, and body image among women in a psychiatric outpatient setting

Randy A. Sansone, Michael W. Wiederman, Doug Monteith

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among body weight, borderline personality symptomatology, and several measures of body image among women presenting for psychiatric evaluation. Method: Forty-eight women in a university-based psychiatric outpatient clinic completed the borderline personality scale of the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire-Revised (PDQ-R) and several measures of body image and indicated lifetime prevalence of depression histories. Results: PDQ-R scores correlated (r = .44, p < .01) with body mass index (BMI). Also, there were significant relationships between PDQ-R scores and measures of body image even after controlling for BMI. Discussion: In a psychiatric outpatient setting, borderline personality symptomatology is associated with higher body weight as well as body-image issues that are not necessarily due to larger body size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-79
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Body image
  • Borderline personality symptomatology
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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