Table 2 summarizes the group comparisons between those who denied engaging in a BFRB and those who endorsed a BFRB in the last week.
In addition to assessing each BFRB separately, we also compared participants who denied the presence of any BFRBs (N=29) to those who endorsed at least one BFRB (N=22).
In addition to examining each BFRB separately, we compared the group of participants who endorsed at least one BFRB to those who denied engaging in any BFRBs.
Finally, we investigated the relationship between BFRB severity and distress/impairment with various clinical characteristics.
Body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) refer to such actions as skin picking, scratching or biting, hair pulling, nail biting, and chewing on the inside of the mouth or lips.
Despite the clinical relevance, BFRBs have been understudied, especially in children and adolescents, both in terms of their incidence and associations with emotional and behavioral problems.
Several studies have been conducted to date on the incidence of BFRBs and their correlation with emotional and behavioral symptoms.
Collectively, the literature suggests the relative frequency of BFRBs and their correlation to psychological functioning.
Presence of BFRBs and Behavioral and Emotional Functioning
Severity of BFRBs and Behavioral and Emotional Functioning
This study investigated the frequency of BFRBs in a sample of teenage dancers in Cyprus.
We also examined whether participants who endorsed BFRBs differed from those who did not in terms of a variety of internalizing and externalizing symptoms.