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Title: Depression, perceived disability and unemployment are associated with reduced life satisfaction in anorexia nervosa.
Austin Authors: Tan, Eric Josiah;Cistullo, Leonardo;Castle, David Jonathan;Rossell, Susan Lee;Jenkins, Zoe Marie;Phillipou, Andrea 
Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, St Vincent's Hospital , Melbourne, Australia
Mental Health
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne , Melbourne, Australia
Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University of Technology , Melbourne, Australia
Issue Date: 31-Oct-2020 2020-10-31
Publication information: Eating Disorders 2020; online first: 31 October
Abstract: Life satisfaction is a core aspect of an individual's wellbeing and describes the subjective assessment of their quality of life. Reduced life satisfaction is frequently reported in anorexia nervosa (AN), ┬ábut the factors contributing to this are still unclear. This study sought to extend previous work by examining 12 potential correlates of AN life satisfaction. One hundred and five female AN patients were administered questionnaires assessing life satisfaction, depression, anxiety, stress, employment status, marital status, body mass index, eating disorder symptomatology, perceived disability and readiness for change. A stepwise linear regression revealed that only depression, perceived disability and employment status were significantly associated with AN life satisfaction. The findings thus highlight prevailing mood and personal functioning as critical foci for clinical management strategies in people with AN. Addressing depressive symptoms and perceived disability while bettering employment prospects could facilitate improved AN life satisfaction.
DOI: 10.1080/10640266.2020.1836890
ORCID: 0000-0002-3075-1580
PubMed URL: 33135579
Type: Journal Article
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