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Background: Through the culture of thinness, increasingly promoted in our society as a beauty canon, it is not surprising that the number of people affected by eating disorders is increasing.


Objective: This research aims to study the relationship between non-suicidal self-injuries and nuclear aspects of eating disorders specified along with this article.


Methods: The sample consisted of 60 women diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia. Questionnaires assessing impulsivity, body satisfaction, alexithymia, body attitude and self-esteem were administered. Participants with non-suicidal self-harm were compared with those without, and participants with anorexia with and without self-harm and participants with bulimia with and without self-harm were compared.


Results: Differences were found in body dissatisfaction  = 5,71; p ≤ ,01), body attitudes  = 4,80; p ≤ ,02), self-esteem  = 14,09; p ≤ .00) and impulsivity (t = 3,39; p ≤ ,01) between participants with and without non-suicidal self-harm.


Conclusions: These are key factors for the clinic in the treatment of eating disorders to prevent the presence of self-harm, as it allows focusing the treatment target on those aspects such as dissatisfaction and impulsivity, which are key in the development of self-harm.

Alvaro Rodríguez-López, Universidad de Granada, Centro de Investigación Mente, Cerebro y Comportamiento, Granada, España , Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Granada, Centro de Investigación Mente, Cerebro y Comportamiento, Granada, Spain

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Borja Romero-Gonzalez, Universidad de Valladolid, Facultad de Educación, Departamento de Psicología, Campus Duques de Soria. Valladolid, España., Universidad de Valladolid, Universidad de Valladolid, Facultad de Educación, Departamento de Psicología, Valladolid, Spain

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Rodríguez-López, A., Rodríguez-Ortíz, E., & Romero-Gonzalez, B. (2024). Non-suicidal self-injury in patients with eating disorders: nuclear aspects. Colombia Medica, 52(1), e2044342. https://doi.org/10.25100/cm.v52i1.4342 (Original work published February 10, 2021)

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Received 2020-05-15
Accepted 2021-02-10
Published 2024-05-09