Scientific article

The neuropsychological profile of children at high risk of developing an eating disorder

Published inPsychological Medicine, vol. 43, no. 7, p. 1543-1554
Publication date2013

There is a large body of evidence indicating that eating disorders (EDs) are characterized by particular neuropsychological profiles. We aimed to further explore whether impairments in neuropsychological functioning previously found in ED groups are present prior to onset, or are secondary to the disorder. Method This is the first study to explore neuropsychological functioning in children born to a mother with a lifetime ED, who are therefore at high risk of developing an ED, in a large cohort sample. We investigated intelligence and attention at age 8 years (n = 6201) and working memory (WM) and inhibition at age 10 years (6192) in children who are at high risk of developing an ED, compared to children who are not.

  • Anorexia Nervosa/genetics/physiopathology/psychology
  • Attention
  • Bulimia Nervosa/genetics/physiopathology/psychology
  • Child
  • Child of Impaired Parents/psychology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Executive Function
  • Female
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Humans
  • Inhibition (Psychology)
  • Intelligence
  • Male
  • Memory
  • Short-Term
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Phenotype
  • Risk Factors
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
KOTHARI, R et al. The neuropsychological profile of children at high risk of developing an eating disorder. In: Psychological Medicine, 2013, vol. 43, n° 7, p. 1543–1554. doi: 10.1017/S0033291712002188
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