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Vol. 56, No. 1-2, 1991
Issue release date: 1991
Psychother Psychosom 1991;56:48–55

Prognostic Factors in Outpatient Psychotherapy of Bulimia

Herzog T. · Hartmann A. · Sandholz A. · Stammer H.
Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, University of Freiburg, FRG


Little is known about prognostic factors in the treatment of bulimic patients. In the context of an ongoing study we looked at 1-year symptomatic outcome of 37 outpatients fulfilling DSM-III-R criteria for bulimia nervosa in relation to a variety of measures at first assessment. These included multiple measures of depression, measures of borderline personality disorder, a personality inventory, a symptom checklist and information about the history and the severity of the illness. Results add evidence to the importance of personality variables in predicting outcome: patients with high scores on the Borderline Syndrome Index indicating a severe disturbance tend to have poorer symptomatic outcome, especially when they also experience themselves as dominant (Giessen-Test). Other factors, including abuse of alcohol and history of anorexia did not allow prediction of outcome.

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Dr. T. Herzog, Department of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, University of Freiburg, Hauptstrasse 8, D-W-7800 Freiburg (FRG)

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Published online: February 18, 2010
Number of Print Pages : 8

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Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

Vol. 56, No. 1-2, Year 1991 (Cover Date: 1991)

Journal Editor: Fava G.A. (Bologna)
ISSN: 0033-3190 (Print), eISSN: 1423-0348 (Online)

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