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ERIC Number: ED184024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Group Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa.
Polivy, Janet
A variety of psychotherapeutic techniques have been used to treat anorexia nervosa with varying degrees of success. Group therapy has advantages to offer anorectic patients in the form of certain curative factors including consensual validation from other anorectic group members, models of coping, peer feedback, and active participation in the treatment process. The effectiveness of group therapy, begun two years ago with a small, selected sample (N=14) of anorectic patients as an adjunct to their individual treatment, was investigated. Results indicated that six are still in treatment, one was discharged as cured, five dropped out after relatively short periods in the group, one left the group in order to focus on family therapy, and one patient died accidentally. The six continuing patients differed from the dropouts in that they tended to be older and more separated from their parental homes. They seemed committed to their groups and showed themselves to be capable of functioning in group therapy and benefiting from it. However, despite this success, there are potential problems with this technique of which therapists should be aware, such as continued identification as an anorectic and teaching of anorectic behaviors to each other by group members. (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada