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Author(s): Sandra Torres
Marina Prista Guerra
Leonor Lencastre
António Roma-Torres
Isabel Brandão
Cristina Queirós
Filipa Vieira
Title: Cognitive processing of emotions in anorexia nervosa
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: Objective: This study attempts to explore the cognitive processing of emotions in anorexia nervosa ( AN), based on the study of emotions felt and the assessment of meta-emotional abilities. Method: Eighty patients with AN and a control group of 80 healthy female participants were screened for anxiety, depression and alexithymia and completed an experimental task designed to analyse the emotional experience and meta-emotional abilities. Results: Despite presenting higher levels of alexithymia, participants with AN demonstrated they were able to imagine emotions in hypothetical situations and to identify and label them. The group of patients with AN revealed feeling more intense and internally based negative emotions in comparison with the control group, but this emotional pattern tends to occur in situations associated with food and weight. Conclusions: Findings on meta-emotional abilities suggested no global deficit in emotional processing, but rather, specific sensitivities pertaining to situations relevant to AN. Copyright (C) 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
Subject: Psicologia
Scientific areas: Ciências sociais::Psicologia
Social sciences::Psychology
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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