Rasmus Isomaa

Rasmus Isomaa
Fredrikakliniken · Department of social services and health care, Jakobstad

PhD

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August 2012 - July 2014
Center for Eating Disorders, Helsinki
Position
  • Project Manager
January 2010 - present
January 2009 - June 2012
Åbo Akademi University

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Publications (20)
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Objective Individuals with eating disorders have anxiety and depression symptoms. To study these comorbidities, we need high-quality self-report measures appropriate for patients and population samples covering a wide range of symptoms. One potential tool is the 19-item self-rated version of the Comprehensive Psychopathological Rating Scale for Aff...
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Understanding the perspectives of health professionals remains an understudied issue, yet may help bridge research-practice gaps and pinpoint important areas for education, training, and research. This study investigated attitudes toward anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and binge eating disorder (BED) among Nordic health professionals s...
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Objective Approximately 20% of people with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and 10% with Bulimia Nervosa (BN) will eventually develop a long‐standing illness. Although there is no set definition for Severe and Enduring eating Disorder (SE‐ED), the common criteria relate to a long duration of the disorder and a number of unsuccessful treatment attempts. Resear...
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To evaluate whether body dissatisfaction is associated with disordered eating symptoms in Finnish preadolescents, and to assess the moderator effects of gender and body mass index on this association. We included 10,526 9- to 12-year-old preadolescents at baseline from the Finnish Health in Teens cohort. We used the Children's Eating Attitudes Test...
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Health professionals are not immune to stigmatizing attitudes and stereotypes found in society-at-large. Along with patients and their loved ones, treatment providers are important stakeholders – and gatekeepers – in the successful delivery of mental healthcare. Prevailing attitudes among professionals can facilitate timely recognition, enable acce...
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Background: Longitudinal associations between social phobia (SP), depression and eating disorders (EDs), and the impact of antecedent SP and depression on subsequent treatment seeking for EDs have rarely been explored in prospective adolescent population studies. Aim: We aimed to examine these associations in a large-scale follow-up study among mid...
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Background: A debate concerns whether eating disorders are increasing in prevalence. The role of socio-economic status (SES) for adolescent eating disorders (ED) is another matter of debate. Aims: To ascertain whether self-reported eating disorders or their symptoms have increased in prevalence in adolescent population from the early 2000s to early...
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Background: Eating behaviour can be viewed as a continuum, ranging from extremely restrictive to extremely disinhibited eating. Valid and reliable instruments are needed to ensure detection of individuals with risk for eating disorders (ED). Self-report methods are the most feasible, cost, and time efficient. One of the most widely used self-repor...
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Social phobia and depression are common, highly comorbid disorders in middle adolescence. The mechanism underlying this comorbidity, however, is unclear. Decrease in self-esteem caused by the initial disorder might play a decisive role in the development of the subsequent disorder. The present study aimed to determine whether the association betwee...
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Background: Eating disorders (EDs) show a varying course and outcome. Within 10 years, between half and three-quarters of patients recover from their disorder. There is, however, a lack of consensus in how to define recovery. Aims: The aim of the present naturalistic study was to assess clinical and full recovery in ED patients 5 years after initia...
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Early experiences of traumatic events (TEs) may be associated with subsequent eating disturbance. However, few studies have investigated overall exposure and trauma-type frequency in various types of eating disorders (EDs). This study aimed to investigate the prevalence and type of TEs in a nationally representative sample of Swedish ED patients. D...
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Schools are among the most important setting for preventive interventions among adolescents. There are evidence-based intervention programs for adolescents at risk for and with early signs of mental health problems but one demanding task is to detect the ones who are in need of an intervention. The aim of the present study was to analyze associatio...
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Background and Objectives: Several large-scale studies on adolescent mental health have used questionnaire items derived from DSM-IV criteria to assess eating disorders. The aim of the present brief report was to analyse the capacity of self-reported eating disorder symptoms to capture clinically significant eating disorders. Methods: All pupils in...
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The aim of the present study was to analyse the longitudinal concomitants of incorrect weight perception, depressive symptoms, social anxiety, self-esteem, and eating disorders in adolescents. A prospective follow-up study on 283 female and 312 male adolescents aged 15 comprising questionnaires directed at the whole study population and subsequent...
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Objective The aim of the present study was to predict the risk of developing an eating disorder in subgroups of dieters, based on the adolescents own accounts of the reason for starting to diet.Method Eighty-one dieters from a cohort of 595 adolescents (318 boys and 288 girls) aged 15 participated in the present prospective study. Personal intervie...
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A two-step interview study of eating disorders (EDs) and sub-clinical EDs in 15-year-old adolescents was carried out in western Finland. The sample consisted of all ninth graders in a well-defined catchment area (n=606, 98.2% of eligible students). In the first step, a self-report questionnaire was administered at schools regarding mental health pr...
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To investigate the prevalence, incidence and development of eating disorders and subclinical eating pathology. A two-step three-year follow-up study on eating disorders in adolescence (N = 595) was conducted in western Finland. A screening questionnaire followed by a semi-structured interview was used to determine the prevalence, incidence and deve...