An off-line pilot evaluation of a web-based systemic cognitive-behavioral intervention for carers of people with anorexia nervosa

Grover, M., Williams, C. , Eisler, I., Fairbairn, P., McCloskey, C., Smith, G., Treasure, J. and Schmidt, U. (2010) An off-line pilot evaluation of a web-based systemic cognitive-behavioral intervention for carers of people with anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, (doi:10.1002/eat.20871)

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Abstract

Objective:

To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a novel systemic cognitive behavior therapy-based intervention for carers of people with anorexia nervosa (AN). The intervention provides information and promotes skills development in managing the illness. Carers were also offered professional support.

Method:

Twenty-seven carers were recruited. Outcomes measuring carer distress, experience of care-giving, level of expressed emotion and problem solving were measured pre- and post-intervention and at follow-up. Carers also gave feedback.

Results:

There was a significant reduction in carers' anxiety and depression, negative experiences of caregiving and expressed emotion and a significant increase in positive experiences in caregiving after the intervention. Most improvements were maintained at follow-up. The intervention was well received.

Discussion:

The results of this pilot study indicate that the intervention is acceptable to carers and may have a positive impact on carers' mental health and experience of care-giving. Further investigation of the intervention is warranted.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:anorexia nervosa; psycho-education; cognitive behaviour therapy; systemic therapy; carer
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Williams, Professor Christopher
Authors: Grover, M., Williams, C., Eisler, I., Fairbairn, P., McCloskey, C., Smith, G., Treasure, J., and Schmidt, U.
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:International Journal of Eating Disorders
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0276-3478
ISSN (Online):1098-108x
Published Online:15 November 2010
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