Body dissatisfaction and suicidal ideation among psychiatric inpatients with eating disorders

Compr Psychiatry. 2018 Jul;84:22-25. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2018.03.013. Epub 2018 Apr 6.


The current study the relationship between eating disorders (EDs) and suicidal ideation and suicide attempt in adult inpatients. In particular, the present study investigated one potential mechanism, body dissatisfaction (BD), which may contribute to increased risk for suicide in adult ED patients. A sample of 432 psychiatric inpatients ranging from 18 to 65 years of age participated in the current study. Findings indicated that patients who have higher levels of BD also had higher levels of passive and active suicidal ideation and previous suicide attempts. Higher levels of BD were also related to increased suicidal ideation after controlling for depression and emotion dysregulation. Although additional risk factors for suicide should be investigated in adults with EDs, this study provides evidence regarding the relationship between BD and risk for suicide ideation and attempt.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders / psychology*
  • Body Image / psychology*
  • Depression / diagnosis
  • Depression / psychology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric / trends*
  • Humans
  • Inpatients / psychology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Suicidal Ideation*
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*
  • Young Adult