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A group parent-training program: a novel approach for eating disorder management.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To describe the rationale, development, and preliminary acceptability of a Group Parent Training Program (GPT) as an alternative approach for the treatment of adolescent eating disorders.

METHOD

Sixteen families participated in a 16-session group treatment. After four months, parents were administered a treatment satisfaction questionnaire.

RESULTS

Parent response to the intervention was positive. All parents indicated GPT was essential for the management of their child, improved general parenting skills, improved their own self-care, and decreased the burden they experienced as a result of managing their child's illness.

DISCUSSION

Given the magnitude of task demands placed on a family for the management of adolescent eating disorders, there is the need for the development of effective intervention strategies that ease the stress of illness management for parents. Preliminary satisfaction data from GPT are promising and argue for a more systematic test of this intervention.

Authors+Show Affiliations

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA. zucker001@mc.duke.edu

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Source

Eating and weight disorders : EWD 11:2 2006 Jun pg 78-82

MeSH

Adolescent
Adolescent Behavior
Adult
Anorexia Nervosa
Behavior Therapy
Female
Humans
Intervention Studies
Male
Parent-Child Relations
Patient Satisfaction
Psychotherapy, Group
Treatment Outcome

Pub Type(s)

Clinical Trial
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16809979