||A comparative study od defense styles of bulimic, anorexic and normal females
Compared the defense styles of 41 anorexic (mean age 17.3 yrs), 37 bulimic (mean age 20.1 yrs), and 72 normal females, using the Bond Defense Style Questionnaire (M. Bond et al, 1983) relating to 17 defenses: sublimation, anticipation, suppression, undoing, idealization, reaction formation, projection, passive aggression, acting out, isolation, devaluation, autistic fantasy, denial, displacement, dissociation, splitting, and somatization. Data show significant differences of psychological functioning between control subjects and eating disorder subjects, particularly for the projection, undoing, and sublimation defenses. Anorexics differed from the bulimic females only on the passive aggression, isolation, and devaluation defenses. Results are discussed in relation to the hypothesis that anorexics and bulimics can be situated on the same continuum ranging from normal to eating disordered with certain common psychological features as risk factors shared by the females with eating disorders.