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An exploratory evaluation of the family meal intervention for adolescent anorexia nervosa

Herscovici,, CR, Kovalskys,, I and Orellana, Liliana 2015, An exploratory evaluation of the family meal intervention for adolescent anorexia nervosa, Family process, vol. 56, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1111/famp.12199.

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Title An exploratory evaluation of the family meal intervention for adolescent anorexia nervosa
Author(s) Herscovici,, CR
Kovalskys,, I
Orellana, LilianaORCID iD for Orellana, Liliana orcid.org/0000-0003-3736-4337
Journal name Family process
Volume number 56
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1545-5300
Keyword(s) Anorexia Nervosa
Exploratory Investigation
Family Meal
Family Therapy
Outpatient
Social Sciences
Psychology, Clinical
Family Studies
Psychology
HEALTH-COMPROMISED SMOKERS
ALCOHOLISM
COUPLE
PRONOUNS
TALK
ADJUSTMENT
BREAST
CANCER
SPOUSE
Summary Although weight restoration is a crucial factor in the recovery of anorexia nervosa (AN), there is scarce evidence regarding which components of treatment promote it. In this paper, the author reports on an effort to utilize research methods in her own practice, with the goal of evaluating if the family meal intervention (FMI) had a positive effect on increasing weight gain or on improving other general outcome measures. Twenty-three AN adolescents aged 12-20 years were randomly assigned to two forms of outpatient family therapy (with [FTFM] and without [FT]) using the FMI, and treated for a 6-month duration. Their outcome was compared at the end of treatment (EOT) and at a 6-month posttreatment follow-up (FU). The main outcome measure was weight recovery; secondary outcome measures were the Morgan Russell Global Assessment Schedule (MRHAS), amenorrhea, general psychological symptoms, and eating disorder symptoms. The majority of the patients in both groups improved significantly at EOT, and these changes were sustained through FU. Given its primarily clinical nature, findings of this investigation project preclude any conclusion. Although the FMI did not appear to convey specific benefits in causing weight gain, clinical observation suggests the value of a flexible stance in implementation of the FMI for the severely undernourished patient with greater psychopathology.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/famp.12199
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1607 Social Work
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080422

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