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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.27 - Supplement 1 No.1 June 2003. -

This study investigates anxiety and defense styles in eating disorders. Seventy eating

disorder ED patients and fifty-one female matched control subjects completed State

and Trait Anxiety Inventory STAI and 88-items Defense Style Questionnaire DSQ.

ED patients were more anxious in actual situations and more anxiety prone in general.

They relied on maladaptive action and Image distorting defense style. Bulimic anorexic

BAN patients and bulimia nervosa BN patients differed in defense styles from restrictive

anorexic RAN patients who displayed no significant difference in either state

and trait anxiety or in defense styles when compared to healthy patients. Different levels

of anxiety and ego defense maturity are present in ED patients. The almost normal ego

functioning of RAN patients could be explained by pseudomaturity, tendency to control

external and internal environment and the unconscious efforts to imitate normality to

avoid conflicts.

eating disorders; anxiety; defense style

Author: Vesna Vidović - Neven Henigsberg - Vesna Jureša -



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