ERIC Number: ED424535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Treatment Outcome in Eating Disorders: A One-Year Follow-Up.
Espelage, Dorothy L.; Quittner, Alexandra L.; McKenna, Molly C.; Sherman, Roberta; Thompson, Ron
The effectiveness of an outpatient eating disorders treatment program was evaluated for 50 women over a 1-year follow-up period. Unlike many eating disorders programs now in place, this data was collected at a time when this program had relatively few exclusion criteria for potential participants; anyone with an eating disorder not requiring intensive inpatient medical care was allowed to enroll. Methods, procedures, and measures used are described. Findings are presented in two sections: (1) changes in eating disorders symptomalogy and associated features from pretreatment to immediate posttreatment; and (2) findings from the 1-year follow-up. Results indicate that women who attended an 8-week outpatient program for eating disorders demonstrated significant improvement from pretreatment to immediate posttreatment; that is, a decrease in depression and disordered eating was found. Several pretreatment variables were found to be predictive of clinician-rated success at the end of treatment. Examination of follow-up responses yielded three interesting groups including participants who were symptom free, those who were depressed but reported no eating disordered symptoms, and a group that reported both clinical levels of depression and disordered eating thoughts and behaviors. These findings are discussed. (Contains 7 tables and 26 references.) (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention (106th, San Francisco, CA, August 14-18, 1998).