Attachment processes in eating disorders

A. Ramacciotti, M. Sorbello, A. Pazzagli, L. Vismara, A. Mancone, S. Pallanti

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Anxious and insecure attachment, fear of abandonment and difficulties with autonomy differentiate young women with eating disorders from their normal peers. This paper uses the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) as the correlation between eating disorders and state of mind regarding attachment (7 females and 6 males) with anorexia nervosa and EDNOS. There was a higher frequency of dismissing or entangled states of mind. The sample is far too small to allow statistical inferences to be drawn about differences between men and women in the style of state of mind regarding attachment. An inference is none the less made with regard to the role of psychotherapy in these results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-170
Number of pages5
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult Attachment Interview
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Attachment
  • Males


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