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Emotion Recognition Abilities in Adults with Anorexia Nervosa are Associated with Autistic Traits
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Pragmatic Sensory Screening in Anorexia Nervosa and Associations with Autistic Traits

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King’s College London, Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, London SE5 8AZ, UK
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National Eating Disorders Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London BR3 3BX, UK
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Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London SE5 8AZ, UK
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Department of Psychology, Illia State University, Tbilisi 0162, Georgia
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J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9(4), 1182; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9041182
Received: 10 March 2020 / Revised: 14 April 2020 / Accepted: 15 April 2020 / Published: 20 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Eating Disorders)
Background: Research suggests that people with anorexia nervosa (AN) experience subjective hypersensitivity to external sensations that may require consideration in treatment. These difficulties may be particularly pronounced in people with AN and high autistic traits. The purpose of this pilot study was to explore the use of a brief screening tool to assess sensory sensitivity in individuals receiving treatment for AN, and to assess if self-rated sensitivity in AN is related to autistic traits. Methods: 47 individuals receiving treatment for AN completed a brief sensory screening tool and self-rated their autistic traits. Individuals were also asked to give qualitative feedback on the screening tool. Results: People with AN and high autistic traits rated themselves as more hypersensitive compared to people with AN and low autistic traits. Feedback surrounding the use of the screener was positive. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that the use of this screener may be beneficial in eating disorder settings to help adjust and calibrate treatment to personal needs, although further research and psychometric evaluation around the clinical use of the screener is required. The finding that people with AN and high autistic traits may experience elevated hypersensitivity also warrants further exploration in future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: anorexia nervosa; eating disorders; sensory sensitivity; autism anorexia nervosa; eating disorders; sensory sensitivity; autism
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Kinnaird, E.; Dandil, Y.; Li, Z.; Smith, K.; Pimblett, C.; Agbalaya, R.; Stewart, C.; Tchanturia, K. Pragmatic Sensory Screening in Anorexia Nervosa and Associations with Autistic Traits. J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9, 1182.

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