Work and social adjustment in patients with anorexia nervosa

K. Tchanturia, D. Hambrook, H. Curtis, T. Jones, N. Lounes, K. Fenn, A. Keyes, L. Stevenson, H. Davies

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The Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS) assesses patients' perceptions of impairment in everyday functioning and has been reported as a simple and reliable self-report measure in different psychiatric disorders. This study compared WSAS data from an anorexia nervosa (AN) patient group with that from healthy controls (HCs) and published data from other patient groups. A total of 160 female participants (AN, 77; HC, 83) completed the WSAS as well as measures of eating disorder symptom severity and brief assessments of anxiety and depression.

Work and Social Adjustment Scale scores for the AN group were found to be in the severely impaired range, whereas the scores for those within the HC group indicated very little, or no impairment. Total WSAS scores in the AN group were significantly correlated with severity of clinical symptoms, and eating disorder–specific symptoms were the best predictor of social and occupational functional impairment. The greatest impairment in the AN group was reported in the realm of social leisure.

Consistent with reports in other clinical populations, it is suggested that the WSAS could be an extremely useful and meaningful measure to assess social and occupational functioning in people with eating disorders, in addition to eating disorder–specific assessments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-45
Number of pages5
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


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