Experiential avoidance in body dysmorphic disorder

Autor(en): Wilson, Anne C.
Wilhelm, Sabine
Hartmann, Andrea S. 
Affiliationen: Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Simches Research Building, 2nd Floor, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA, USA. Electronic address: wilson.2796@osu.edu. Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Simches Research Building, 2nd Floor, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA, USA. Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Simches Research Building, 2nd Floor, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA, USA.
Stichwörter: Body Dysmorphic Disorders/complications/psychology; Depressive Disorder/complications/psychology; Humans; Middle Aged; Male; Mental Disorders/complications/psychology; Young Adult; Analysis of Variance; Body Image/psychology; Adolescent; Adult; Female; Surveys and Questionnaires; Aged; Adaptation, Psychological
Erscheinungsdatum: 2014
Journal: Body Image
Volumen: 11
Ausgabe: 4
Startseite: 380
Seitenende: 383
Zusammenfassung: 
Experiential avoidance (i.e., the attempt to avoid certain internal experiences including bodily sensations, thoughts, emotions, memories, and urges) has been studied in various psychological disorders. However, research examining experiential avoidance in individuals with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is limited and inconsistent. The present study compared experiential avoidance in individuals with primary BDD (n=23) to healthy controls (n=22). Standardized measures were used to assess baseline clinical characteristics as well as experiential avoidance. Compared to healthy controls, individuals with BDD presented with significantly greater experiential avoidance (p<.001, d=-2.51). In BDD, experiential avoidance was positively correlated with depressive symptoms (p<.01) and avoidant coping strategies (p<.01). Clinician sensitivity to experiential avoidance may serve to improve the course of treatment for BDD.
ISSN: 1740-1445
DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2014.06.006

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