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Title: Risk factors for eating disorder psychopathology within the treatment seeking transgender population: The role of cross-sex hormone treatment
Authors: Jones, Bethany A.
Haycraft, Emma
Bouman, Walter P.
Brewin, Nicola
Claes, L.
Arcelus, Jon
Keywords: Transgender
Eating disorder psychopathology
Risk factors
Cross-sex hormones
Body dissatisfaction
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © Wiley and Eating Disorders Association
Citation: JONES, B.A. ... et al, 2018. Risk factors for eating disorder psychopathology within the treatment seeking transgender population: The role of cross-sex hormone treatment. European Eating Disorders Review, 26(2), pp. 120-128.
Abstract: Many transgender people experience high levels of body dissatisfaction, which is one of numerous factors known to increase vulnerability to eating disorder symptoms in the cisgender (non-trans) population. Cross-sex hormones can alleviate body dissatisfaction so might also alleviate eating disorder symptoms. This study aimed to explore risk factors for eating disorder symptoms in transgender people and the role of cross-sex hormones. Individuals assessed at a national transgender health service were invited (N=563). Transgender people not on cross-sex hormones reported higher levels of eating disorder psychopathology than people who were. High body dissatisfaction, perfectionism, anxiety symptoms and low self-esteem were risk factors for eating psychopathology but, after controlling for these, significant differences in eating psychopathology between people who were and were not on cross-sex hormones disappeared. Cross-sex hormones may alleviate eating disorder psychopathology. Given the high prevalence of transgender identities, clinicians at eating disorder services should assess for gender identity issues.
Description: This paper is closed access until 10 January 2019
Sponsor: Bethany Jones was supported by a PhD studentship co-funded by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Loughborough University.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1002/erv.2576
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27698
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.2576
ISSN: 1072-4133
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