ERIC Number: ED435066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep-26
A Psychoeducational Group Approach for Individuals Recovering from Anorexia Nervosa.
Although in-depth, long-term group psychotherapy is a beneficial therapeutic experience for adolescent females suffering from anorexia nervosa, these clients are notoriously resistant to treatment and to long-term, open-ended group settings. This dissidence may stem from a motivational deficiency toward changing their eating patterns and difficulties with interrelational skills. Participating in a psychoeducational group can be a less threatening endeavor than in-depth psychotherapy. Members are not initially expected to share and process their pathological conflicts and cognitions, but to learn accurate information about the dangers of their eating disorder behavior. Because the time-limited, short-term format requires less commitment and seems more likely to result in success, members are more likely to complete the group sessions. The connections they make about the relationship between their eating behavior and underlying issues combined with the positive experiences related to group belongingness and decreased feelings of isolation may increase the likelihood that members will pursue further in-depth psychotherapy. Therefore, a short-term, psychoeducational group for weight-stabilized individuals with anorexia nervosa is an effective prelude to longer-term approaches. Participating in a psychoeducational group builds initial social and coping skills that prepares and motivates recovering clients for more intense psychotherapy. (Contains 41 references.) (GCP)
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