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Table 4 Correlations between the three factors of the Meanings of Anorexia Nervosa Questionnaire (MANQ) and participants’ clinical data, eating psychopathology, and personality

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

  Factor 1
Intrapsychic
Factor 2
Relational
Factor 3
Avoidance
BMI 0.06 0.10 0.01
Age −0.01 −0.02 0.22*
Age of onset −0.06 −0.24* 0.11
Duration of illness 0.03 0.11 0.17
Duration of treatment, months 0.14 0.15 0.13
Duration of psychotherapy, number of sessions −0.01 0.19 0.04
Number of prior hospitalizations −0.01 0.08 0.33**
BDI 0.32** 0.34** 0.32**
ANSOCQ −0.43** −0.01 −0.07
EDI-2    
Drive for thinness 0.44** 0.25* 0.17
Bulimia −0.09 0.29** 0.22*
Body dissatisfaction 0.22* 0.19 0.32**
Ineffectiveness 0.34** 0.28** 0.29**
Perfectionism 0.29** 0.22* 0.26**
Interpersonal distrust 0.28* 0.14 0.23*
Interoceptive awareness 0.23* 0.33** 0.35**
Maturity fears 0.21 0.28** 0.16*
Asceticism 0.41** 0.4** 0.22*
Impulse regulation 0.29** 0.45** 0.19
Social insecurity 0.24* 0.22* 0.3**
TCI    
Novelty seeking 0.01 0.1 −0.01
Harm avoidance 0.28** 0.2 0.34**
Reward dependence −0.18 −0.01 −0.21
Persistence 0.14 0.01 −0.07
Self-directedness −0.37** −0.38** −0.27*
Cooperativeness −0.14 −0.19 −0.05
Self-transcendence −0.14 0.05 −0.01
  1. *p <0.05. **p < 0.01
  2. Legend: BMI Body Mass Index, BDI Beck Depression Inventory, EDI-2 Eating Disorders Inventory-2, TCI Temperament and Character Inventory, ANSOCQ Anorexia Nervosa Stages of Change Questionnaire