TCI temperamental scores in bulimia nervosa patients and normal women with and without diet experiences

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1998 Sep;98(3):228-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1998.tb10072.x.


In order to distinguish the trigger and the factors maintaining bulimia nervosa (BN), TCI temperamental scores were compared among BN patients, normal controls without diet experiences (N-N), and normal controls with diet experiences (N-D). On the novelty-seeking (NS) scale, the BN patients scored significantly higher than the N-N subjects, but there was no significant difference between the BN patients and the N-D subjects, and the N-D subjects scored higher than the N-N subjects. These findings suggest that high NS scores are related to diet experiences rather than chronic bulimic symptoms.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arousal
  • Body Mass Index
  • Bulimia / diagnosis
  • Bulimia / psychology*
  • Diet, Reducing / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychometrics
  • Temperament*