Social cognition in eating disorders: Encoding and representational processes in binging and purging patients

Lily Rothschild-Yakar, Zohar Eviatar, Adi Shamia, Eitan Gur

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Abstract

Objective: The present study investigates social cognition impairments in 29 women with bingeing/purging spectrum eating disorders (ED) compared to 27 healthy controls. Method: Measures were used to examine encoding and representational processes in relation to affect perception and affect attribution, as well as the ability to recognize mental causality in social relationships. Results: ED patients failed to correctly encode causality in interpersonal relations, exhibited deficits in their ability to ascribe behaviour to mental states, and showed a greater tendency to attribute negative affects in interpersonal relationships. Stepwise regression analyses suggested that ED symptoms could account for deficits in the recognition of causality in interpersonal relations. Conclusions: In addition to addressing ED symptoms, social cognition deficits should be addressed in the psychological treatment of EDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • eating disorders
  • mentalization
  • social cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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