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Table 2 Patients’ scores on the Meanings of Anorexia Nervosa Questionnaire (MANQ) – Section II

From: A factor analysis of the meanings of anorexia nervosa: intrapsychic, relational, and avoidant dimensions and their clinical correlates

Triggers of AN Mean ± SD
 Body dissatisfaction 6.6 ± 3.5
 Problems of adolescence 6.4 ± 3.3
 Distress at school/work 5.4 ± 3.6
 Teasing about weight and body 5.2 ± 3.5
 Separation, grief or loss of parents or other close family members 3.5 ± 3.9
 No specific trigger 2.5 ± 3.3
 Sexual harassment 1.5 ± 3.1
Meanings of AN
 Stability and safety 5.8 ± 3.7
 Way to communicate 5.4 ± 3.5
 Self-control 5.2 ± 3.7
 Way to be valued and recognized 5.2 ± 3.9
 Way to obtain affection and attention 5.0 ± 3.7
 Way to feel beautiful 4.6 ± 4.0
 Identity 4.4 ± 3.7
 Power and control 4.3 ± 4.0
 Avoidance of negative feelings and emotions 4.2 ± 3.7
 Avoidance of negative experiences 4.1 ± 3.8
 Way to die 3.9 ± 3.8
 Illness denial 3.1 ± 3.4
Negative effects of AN
 Control 7.9 ± 3.0
 Obsessions about body shape 6.9 ± 3.2
 Loneliness 6.6 ± 3.4
 Obsessions about food 6.3 ± 3.4
 Counting calories 4.4 ± 3.7