The perception of maternal and paternal rejection in anorexic patients


  • Tiziana Salvati Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa
  • Gennaro Catone
  • Valeria De Biasio
  • Antonella Gritti
  • Filomena Salerno
  • Katia Russo
  • Francesca Nasti
  • Federica Colombo


Parole chiave:

Parental rejection, Anorexia Nervosa, BMI, body image.


Aims. To study the relationship between: a) AN and perceived maternal and paternal feelings of rejection;b) AN clinical features and the perception of the sense of rejection.

Methods.The study has cross-sectional design,the sample was selected among 92 consecutives in and out-patients, aged from 14-35 years referred to twoEating Disorder Services, 23 patients (25%, ME 20 ±5.7)completed the full assessment for AN and were enrolled for the study. The diagnosis of AN was assigned according to the DSM 5 criteria after an accurate psychiatric clinical evaluation, integrated with tools for EDs.

Results. The 95% of the SS with AN reported a sense of maternal and paternal rejection. SS with normal or better BMI expresses more maternal/paternal sense of rejection; older SS reported more perceived sense of maternal refusal.

Data suggest that: a) better organic conditions and age could allow a greater mentalization of the relational difficulties of AN SS with parental figures and the expansion of the themes of the psychological distress expressed; b) SS in better weight conditions are able to free themselves from the monothematic discomfort relating to body image; c) he sense of maternal rejection requires a greater age to be perceived than the sense of paternal rejection.


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Biografia autore

  • Tiziana Salvati, Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa
    Docente Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione Primaria Cattedra di tecniche di Osservazione del Comportamento Infantile





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The perception of maternal and paternal rejection in anorexic patients. (2023). Journal of Psychosocial Systems, 7(2), 17-25.

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