The relationship between eating disorders and substance use: Moving beyond co-prevalence research

Wendy L. Wolfe, Stephen A. Maisto

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Abstract

The frequent comorbidity of eating disorders and substance use has been demonstrated consistently by research. Less is known about the basis of this relationship. A review of the literature indicates that the hypotheses proposed to clarify the etiological relationship between eating disorders and substance use have not been supported sufficiently or consistently by empirical evidence. General criticisms include: a lack of well developed models, a reliance on co-prevalence data, and a lack of integration of knowledge from eating disorder and substance use research. It is suggested that an understanding of the etiological relationship between eating disorders and substance use will be arrived at only after fundamental inquiries into the functional relationship between eating disorder symptomatology and substance use patterns have been conducted. A behavioral assessment approach is offered as a means of evaluating the functional relationship between eating disorder symptomatology and substance use. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-631
Number of pages15
JournalClinical Psychology Review
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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