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Title: Self construction, cognitive conflicts and polarization in bulimia nervosa
Author: Feixas i Viaplana, Guillem
Montebruno, Claudia
Dada, Gloria
Castillo, Montserrat del
Compañ, Victoria
Keywords: Cognició
Teoria dels constructes personals
Personal construct theory
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Asociación Española de Psicología Conductual (AEPC)
Abstract: This study explores the cognitive structures, understood as construct systems, of patients suffering from bulimia nervosa (BN). Previous studies investigated the construct systems of disordered eaters suggesting that they had a higher distance between their construction of the self and the «ideal self», and also more rigidity. In addition to these aspects, this study explored the presence of implicative dilemmas (ID). Thirty two women who met criteria for BN and were treated in a specialized center were compared to a non clinical group composed by 32 women matched by age. All participants were assessed using Repertory Grid Technique (RGT). In BN patients it was more common (71.9%) to find IDs than in controls (18.8%). They also showed higher polarization and higher self-ideal discrepancies (even more for those with a long history of BN). The measures provided by the RGT can be useful for the assessment of self-construction and cognitive conflicts in BN patients and to appreciate their role in this disorder. In addition, this technique could be helpful for clinicians to explore the patient"s constructs system, and specially to identify IDs that could be maintaining the symptoms or hindering change in order to focus on them to facilitate improvement.
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It is part of: International Journal Of Clinical And Health Psychology, 2010, vol. 10, num. 3, p. 445-457
ISSN: 1697-2600
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