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Symptomatology, psychosexual development and gender identity in 42 anorexic males

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 July 2009

M. M. Fichter
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, University of Munich, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany
C. Daser
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, University of Munich, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany

Synopsis

Forty-two male patients with an anorexic syndrome were assessed. Twenty-nine of them had a primary anorexia nervosa (most of them also had bulimic symptoms). They were compared with a series of 23 female anorexia nervosa patients. The males scored more highly than female patients on a number of symptoms, but generally more similarities than differences in symptomatology were apparent. Male patients with primary anorexia nervosa also showed several signs of a disturbed psychosexual and gender identity development. The data support the hypothesis that males with atypical gender role behaviour have an increased risk for developing anorexia nervosa or bulimia in adolescence.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1987

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