Background. The aim of the study was to analyse differences in personality traits, both intergroup, i.e. when comparing anorexic patients with healthy controls, and between patient groups with various subtypes of anorexia nervosa.
Methods. The study group included 109 female patients hospitalised for anorexia nervosa of the restrictive type and 39 patients with anorexia of the bulimic type diagnosed by the ICD-10 and DSM-IV criteria. The control group consisted of 100 females, high school or college students, with no history of eating disorders. The TCI questionnaire by Cloninger in a Polish adaptation was used in the study.
Results. Differences at the level ofpersonality dimensions were found both between healthy controls and patients with eating disorders, and between patients with various subtypes of anorexia nervosa.
Conclusions. The differences in personality traits found in the study may be of importance as regards etiopathogenesis of eating disorders.