The relationship between eating disorder symptoms and treatment rejection among young adult men in residential substance use treatment

Jo Anna Elmquist, Ryan C. Shorey, Scott E. Anderson, Jeffrey Temple, Gregory L. Stuart

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Research has demonstrated that individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) and comorbid mental health problems evidence heightened negative consequences, including poorer treatment outcomes, a higher risk for relapse, and mortality compared to individuals with a single disorder. In this study, we focus on the comorbidity between SUDs and eating disorder (ED) symptomatology, as EDs are similarly associated with high rates of relapse, morbidity, and mortality. Of particular importance is research examining treatment rejection among individuals in treatment for SUDs with cooccurring ED symptomatology. This study seeks to add to the literature by examining treatment rejection among young adult men in residential treatment for SUDs (N = 68) with cooccurring ED symptomatology. Results from hierarchical regression analyses indicated that ED symptoms were significantly associated with treatment rejection after controlling for alcohol and drug use and problems and depression symptoms. Although this is a preliminary study, the results add to a growing body of research examining the comorbidity between SUDs and ED symptomatology. Future research examining this relationship is needed to further elucidate the treatment patterns among individuals with comorbid ED symptoms and substance use diagnoses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-44
Number of pages6
JournalSubstance Abuse: Research and Treatment
StatePublished - May 22 2016



  • Binge eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Treatment nonadherence
  • Treatment rejection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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