ERIC Number: ED248421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Group Treatment of College Students with Eating Disorders.
McCanne, Lynn P. Fisher; Weiner, Hubert
Recent reports indicate that a significant number of college-age women suffer from bulimarexia. To investigate the success of experiential-insight, behaviorally-oriented therapy groups in helping college students cope with eating disorders, 26 students (25 females, 1 male) participated in 1 to 10 weekly therapy sessions. The groups, which were feminist in orientation, consisted of 6 to 8 members, and used behavioral techniques, guided fantasy, and awareness exercises to focus on social pressures. Follow-up questionnaires were completed by all subjects. The results showed that 75 percent of those treated for eating disorders reported some improvement in their eating problems over the preceding school year. The students attributed their improvement to the support they received and gave in group therapy. A principal goal of the therapy groups was a general improvement in members' lives, rather than limited change in eating behavior. More than half of those who reported improvement in eating problems also found positive change in their lives. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Houston, TX, March 18-21, 1984).