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Revista mexicana de trastornos alimentarios

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RODRIGUEZ GUARIN, Maritza et al. Emotion dysregulation and eating symptoms: Analysis of group sessions in patients with eating disorder. Rev. Mex. de trastor. aliment [online]. 2017, vol.8, n.1, pp.72-81. ISSN 2007-1523.

The aim of this article was to explore and analyze the relationship between emotions, feelings and moods, with eating behavior and other behaviors in patients with eating disorders (ED). A total of 43 women aged among 14 to 45 years (M= 19.8, SD= 6.8), 19 were diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, 22 with bulimia nervosa and two with binge eating disorder. All participants attended to an ambulatory intensive program. Based on a qualitative methodology, it was analyzed the content of a dialectical behavior therapy group session. Before negative emotions it was observed that patients —regardless of the ED diagnostic— preferentially use suppression strategies rather than re-appraisal. Specifically, patients with anorexia nervosa tend to face negative emotions based on the expression of restrictive symptoms while bulimic ones tend to binge and/or purge. It was notorious the difficulty of all patients to name and discriminate emotions or associate them with maladaptive behaviors. ED treatment requires therapeutic techniques aimed to strength tolerance when discomfort is induced by negative emotions, but also promoting re-appraisal of these emotions.

Keywords : Emotion regulation; Eating disorders; Dialectical behavioral therapy; Group therapy; Qualitative.

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