Cognitive-behavioural therapy for adolescents with bulimic symptomatology: The acceptability and effectiveness of internet-based delivery

Pretorius, N. et al. (2009) Cognitive-behavioural therapy for adolescents with bulimic symptomatology: The acceptability and effectiveness of internet-based delivery. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47(9), pp. 729-736. (doi:10.1016/j.brat.2009.05.006)

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Abstract

Background: The evidence base for the treatment of adolescents with bulimia nervosa (BN) is limited. Aims: To assess the feasibility, acceptability, and clinical outcomes of a web-based cognitive-behavioural (CBT) intervention for adolescents with bulimic symptomatology. Method: 101 participants were recruited from eating disorders clinics or from beat, a UK-wide eating disorders charity. The programme consisted of online CBT sessions ('Overcoming Bulimia Online'), peer support via message boards, and email support from a clinician. Participants' bulimic symptormatology and service utilisation were assessed by interview at baseline and at three and six months. Participants' views of the treatment package were also determined. Results: There were significant improvements in eating disorder symptoms and service contacts from baseline to three months, which were maintained at six months. Participants' views of the intervention were positive. Conclusions: The intervention has the potential for use as a first step in the treatment of adolescents with bulimic symptomatology. (

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Williams, Professor Christopher
Authors: Pretorius, N., Arcelus, J., Beecham, J., Dawson, H., Doherty, F., Eisler, I., Gallagher, C., Gowers, S., Isaacs, G., Johnson-Sabine, E., Jones, A., Newell, C., Morris, J., Richards, L., Ringwood, S., Rowlands, L., Simic, M., Treasure, J., Waller, G., Williams, C., Yi, I., Yoshioka, M., and Schmidt, U.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Clinical Specialities
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Behaviour Research and Therapy
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd
ISSN:0005-7967
ISSN (Online):1873-622X

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