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

Pretorius, N., Arcelus, J., Beecham, Jennifer, Dawson, H., Doherty, F., Eisler, I., Gallagher, C., Gowers, S., Isaacs, G. and Johnson-Sabine, E. (2009) Cognitive-behavioural therapy for adolescents with bulimic symptomatology: the acceptability and effectiveness of internet-based delivery. Behaviour and Research Therapy, 47 (9). pp. 729-736. ISSN 0005-7967

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Abstract

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 symptomatology 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: Therewere significant improvements in eatingdisorder symptoms andservice contacts frombaseline to three months, whichwere maintained at six months. Participants’ views of the interventionwere positive. Conclusions: The intervention has the potential for use as a first step in the treatment of adolescents with bulimic symptomatology.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.elsevier.com/00057967/behaviour-re...
Additional Information: © 2009 Elsevier
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2011 10:32
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/32747/

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