Comparative study of children and adolescents referred for eating disorder treatment at a specialist tertiary setting

T.J. Walker, Hunna Watson, D.J. Leach, J.C. Mccormack, K. Tobias, M.J. Hamilton, David Forbes

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    Abstract

    Objective To examine child and adolescent differences in the clinical presentation of eating disorders (EDs) at referral to a specialist pediatric program. Method This study compared cognitive, behavioral, and physical and medical features of children (≤12 years) and adolescents (13-18 years) with EDs presenting to a state-wide specialist pediatric ED service over two decades (N = 656; 8-18 years; 94% female). Results Significant differences were found between the groups. Children were more commonly male (p .05). Discussion The clinical presentation of EDs differs among children and adolescents, with eating pathology and behavioral symptoms less prominent among children. Frontline health professionals require knowledge of these differences to assist with early detection, diagnosis, and prognosis. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)47-53
    JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
    Volume47
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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