Sociodemographic and clinical features of men and women with eating disorders

  • \(\bf Introduction:\) Eating disorders (EDs) are among the most severe mental disorders in women and men, often associated with high symptom burden and significant limitations in daily functioning, frequent comorbidities, chronic course of illness, and even high mortality rates. At the same time, differences between men and women with EDs remain poorly explored. \(\bf Methods:\) In this study, we compared 104 men to 104 diagnosis-matched women with EDs regarding sociodemographic and clinical features. Using latent class mixture modelling, we identified four distinct patient subgroups based on their sociodemographic features. \(\bf Results:\) Men with EDs had significantly higher odds than women to belong to a "single-childfree-working" class. Moreover, while there were few overall differences in ED-related symptoms and general psychopathology between men and women, single-childfree-working men with EDs presented with higher general psychopathology symptoms than men in the other classes. \(\bf Discussion:\) We discuss how considering sex and gender along with further sociodemographic differences in EDs may help to improve ED diagnosis and treatment.

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Author:Philipp TrautGND, Georg HalbeisenORCiDGND, Karsten BraksORCiDGND, Thomas J. HuberGND, Georgios PaslakisORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Frontiers in psychiatry
Subtitle (English):a diagnosis-matched, retrospective comparison among inpatients
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
Place of publication:Lausanne
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2024/02/08
Date of first Publication:2023/07/07
Publishing Institution:Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsbibliothek
Tag:Open Access Fonds
anorexia nervosa; binge-eating disorder; bulimia nervosa; gender differences; psychotherapy
Issue:Article 1192693
First Page:1192693-01
Last Page:1192693-10
Article Processing Charge funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Open Access Publication Fund of Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Institutes/Facilities:Universitätsklinik für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Standort Ostwestfalen-Lübbecke
Dewey Decimal Classification:Philosophie und Psychologie / Psychologie
open_access (DINI-Set):open_access
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY 4.0 - Attribution 4.0 International