Examination of a Research Article
The research article examined for this paper was “Perfectionism in Anorexia Nervosa: A 6-24 Month Folow-up Study” done by Kalam Sutandar-Pinnock, D. Blake Woodside, Jacqueline C. Carter, Marion P. Olmsted, and Allan S. Kaplan. The study is about the association among perfectionism and outcome in anorexia nervosa. This reflective follow-up study evaluates perfectionism during admission, discharge, and a 6-24 month follow-up after treatment to analyze the relationship among perfectionism and the clinical condition of anorexia nervosa patients (sutandar-Pinnock, Woodside, Carter, Olmsted, and Kaplan, 2002). The population under investigation is all anorexia nervosa patients. The sample consisted of seventy-one women and two men. In this sample size, the median age was twenty-four and the mean extent of the illness during the time of admission into treatment was 62.4 months (Sutandar-Pinnock et al., 2002). During admission, the mean BMI of the patients was 14.8 kg/m2; once patients left treatment, the mean BMI was 19.1 kg/m2. At admission, forty-nine percent of patients satisfied standards for anorexia nervosa restricting subtype and fifty-one percent satisfied standards for anorexia nervosa binge eating/purging subtype (Sutandar-Pinnock et al., 2002). The patients were grouped into good or poor outcomes. Good outcomes meant the patients had no symptoms and a normal weight, while poor outcomes meant any other situations different from that of the good outcome.
The independent variable is the clinical status of anorexia nervosa patients. The levels for this independent variable are two, either good outcome or bad outcome, and it is a qualitative varia...
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...ce. However, there was a significant difference between the bad outcome group and the control group, with numerical results of t(27)=3.43, p=.002 (Sutandar-Pinnock et al., 2002), where p=.002 indicates that the results were not due to chance. There was also a significance the effect of the group and time, F(2,11)=3.63, p=.06(Sutandar-Pinnock et al., 2002), where p=.06 indicates that the results were not due to chance. Yes, the hypothesis was supported with the results obtained.
The article gives numerical evidence that indicates that Eating Disorder Inventory calculates a form of perfectionism that is weak to the condition of anorexia nervosa. This study found that people tend to be more perfectionistic if they have an eating disorder than if they are healthy. Also, their scores in perfectionism tend to continue to be high even after being in remission.