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The possible selves of adult women with anorexia nervosa.
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PMID:  22703570     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Adopting the construct of possible selves, which are conceptions of our selves in future situations, the objective of this study was to investigate how anorexia patients differ from a non-clinical control group in their conceptions of the future on qualitative content, and the four quantitative dimensions positive and negative emotional valence, and beliefs about probability and controllability. The Possible Selves Statements Test was employed. Participants presented 14 possible selves by completing the question "I can see myself …" and rating each possible self on the 4 dimensions. The patients reported a larger number of negative possible selves, with higher negative valence, often seeing future everyday situations as negative, whereas the control group saw similar situations as positive. The anorexia patients also reported negative possible selves with high controllability and high probability in relation to such situations and in some cases rated recovery from anorexia with a negative valence. Clinical implications are discussed.
Martin G Erikson; Berit Hansson; Suzanna Lundblad
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Eating disorders     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1532-530X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eat Disord     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9315161     Medline TA:  Eat Disord     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  288-99     Citation Subset:  IM    
a School of Education and Behavioural Science , University of Borås , Borås , Sweden.
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