Disordered eating attitudes, alexithymia and suicide probability among Turkish high school girls

Alpaslan A. H. , Soylu N. , Avci K., Coskun K. S. , KOÇAK U., Tas H. U.

PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH, cilt.226, ss.224-229, 2015 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 226 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.12.052
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.224-229


We aimed to examine association between disordered eating attitudes (DEAs), alexithymia and suicide probability among adolescent females and to explore potential link between alexithymia and suicide probability in subjects with DEAs. 381 female students completed Eating Attitude Test (EAT-26), Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and Suicide Probability Scale (SPS). It was found that 13.2% (n=52) of the subjects have DEAs. Results indicated that total TAS-20 score and scores of Difficulty in Identifying Feelings (DIF) and Difficulty in Describing Feelings (DDF) subscales were significantly higher in DEAs group than in those non DEAs group (p<0.05). Additionally, total SPS score (p<0.001), Hopelessness (p=0.001), Suicide Ideation (p<0.001) and Hostility (p=0.003) subscales scores of SPS were significantly higher in the alexithymic DEAs than the non-alexithymic DEAs group. In order to control potential effect of depression, SPS subscales were used as covariate factors in ANCOVA. Negative Self-Evaluation subscale yielded a statistically significant difference between groups, other subscales did not. Results point out these; DEAs are relatively frequent phenomenon among female students in Turkey and presence of alexithymia was associated with an increased suicide probability in adolescents with DEAs. The results should be evaluated taking into account that depressive symptomatology was not assessed using a depression scale. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.