Date of Degree
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PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Psychological and Quantitative Foundations
Megan Foley Nicpon
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
William Ming Liu
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Researchers have suggested there is a wide range of neuropsychological deficits individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN) possess, including impairments in nonverbal reasoning, attention and processing speed, memory, and executive functioning. While growing, examination of the neuropsychological functioning of children and adolescents with AN is quite sparse compared to the abundance of research on adults with AN, and the many conflicting findings have been attributed to inconsistent methodologies across studies. This study examined the neuropsychological functioning of children and adolescents with AN by conducting a quantitative study loosely based on Bayless et al. (2002) and Remberk, Namysłowska, Krempa-Kowalewska, Gadaś, and Skalska (2011). Results indicated verbal intellectual functioning was significantly higher than other intellectual domains, and verbal memory was almost significantly higher than nonverbal memory (p = .051). Negative correlations were found between individual subtests and clinical data (e.g., age of onset of AN and duration of AN) as well as the EDI-3 Personal Alienation scale and the BMI-for-age percentile. Clinical implications include providing treatment improving cognitive functioning and implementing a biopsychosocial model.
anorexia nervosa, children and adolescents, cognitive deficits, females, neuropsychological deficits, neuropsychology
viii, 24 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 20-24).
Copyright © 2018 Jennifer Chang
Chang, Jennifer. "The neuropsychological functioning of children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2018.
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