Impulsive behaviors in female patients with eating disorders in a university hospital in northern Taiwan

Kuei Yu Liang, Mei Chih Meg Tseng

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Eating disorders (EDs) are often associated with various impulsive behaviors. This study investigated the prevalence of impulsive behaviors in ED patients in Taiwan. Three hundred sixteen female outpatients with ED and 142 psychiatric controls were recruited. All participants completed self-administered questionnaires assessing lifetime presence of impulsive behaviors, including suicide, self-injury, stealing, alcohol use, illicit drug use, excessive spending, sexual promiscuity, and general psychopathology. More than 60% of the ED patients had at least one impulsive behavior. The most common impulsive behaviors among ED patients were excessive spending (34.9%), deliberate self-harm (32.7%), and stealing (26.3%). However, there were no significant differences in prevalences of any impulsive behaviors between ED patients and psychiatric controls. Clinicians should routinely assess and treat impulsive behaviors in female psychiatric patients with negative affectivity, regardless of the presence of ED, to help prevent potential adverse outcomes related to impulsive behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-610
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011


  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Deliberate self-harm
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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