Objective: The aim of the study was to differentiate helpseeking characteristics of specific categories of Eating Disordered callers to the Israeli hotline. Method: 32,835 calls received by the hotline center during one year, yielded 196 ED calls. Results: Results revealed that Anorexia Nervosa was over-represented among hotline callers compared to its prevalence in the general population. Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa callers were characterized by a desire for counseling while Binge Eating Disorder callers, primarily expected emotional support. A striking finding was the high frequency (22%) of suicidal calls among the anorexic group. Discussion: The significance of the anonymous hotline as a means of offering emotional help are discussed.
- Community mental health services
- Eating disorders
- Telephone counseling
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Sociology and Political Science