Family characteristics of 105 patients with bulimia.

  title={Family characteristics of 105 patients with bulimia.},
  author={Craig Darrell Johnson and Andrewas Flach},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={142 11},
The authors compared 105 patients who met DSM-III criteria for bulimia with 86 control subjects on measures of family environment and presence of eating disorders. Bulimic patients' perceptions of their families included low cohesiveness, a lack of emphasis on independent and assertive behavior, and a high level of conflict coupled with a low emphasis on open expression of feelings. Families of bulimic subjects had achievement expectations comparable to those of control families, but the former… CONTINUE READING

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