Effects of intestinal bypass surgery on body concept

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Demonstrated the stability of body concept, as reflected in the Draw-a-Person Test, in 14 21-50 yr old patients undergoing bypass surgery for severe obesity. Three Articulation-of-Body Concept scores for each patient were obtained: at the preoperative level, within 1 yr subsequent to surgery, and at least 2 yrs after the operation. During the 1st yr after the operation, body concept was significantly poorer than at the preoperative level. However, patients recovered from their postoperative disruption of body concept within 2 yrs after the operation and then reached at least a preoperative level. Thus, the shock of the bypass operation seemed to cause a temporary disruption in this otherwise extremely stable personality dimension. (6 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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