Pretreatment motivational enhancement therapy for eating disorders: A pilot study

TitlePretreatment motivational enhancement therapy for eating disorders: A pilot study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsFeld, R, Woodside, DB, Kaplan, AS, Olmsted, MP, Carter, JC
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Date PublishedMay
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0276-3478 (Print)0276-3478 (Linking)
Accession Number11285576
Keywords*Motivation, Adolescent, Adult, Body Mass Index, Eating Disorders/*therapy, Female, Humans, Pilot Projects, Psychotherapy/*methods

Eating disorder patients are notoriously ambivalent about treatment and often lack motivation to change. These characteristics may decrease the number of patients entering treatment and increase the number of patients dropping out of treatment prematurely. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this pilot study was to develop and evaluate a motivational enhancement therapy (MET) group program for eating disorder patients. The goal of the MET intervention was to increase participants' motivation to change, which might be expected to increase the success of future treatment of patients with eating disorders. METHOD: Nineteen individuals who were referred for specialized treatment took part in the study. The intervention was based on existing literature in the field of addictions and modified for eating disorders. RESULTS: The motivational measures suggested that the participants' motivation to change increased following the intervention. A decrease in depressive symptoms and an increase in self-esteem were also found. DISCUSSION: The results of this study suggest that MET could be valuable for the treatment of eating disorder patients and provide a rationale to conduct further research in this area.

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