Therapeutic alliance and anorexia nervosa treatment outcomes: experiences of young people and their families

Caltabiano, Nerina J., and Mogorovich, Giuliana (2018) Therapeutic alliance and anorexia nervosa treatment outcomes: experiences of young people and their families. Community Mental Health Journal, 54 (8). pp. 1259-1265.

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Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa (AN) provided early in the onset of the illness lead to better outcomes. Despite the treatment approach used, the therapeutic alliance may be instrumental in successful outcomes. The aim of this study was to explore the young people and their families’ experiences of the illness, and their access to and satisfaction with the services received. Of particular interest was their view of the working alliance with their therapist/s. Participants were interviewed by telephone using a semi-structured questionnaire. Family Based Treatment (FBT) or the Maudsley was found superior to other treatments with regard to physical markers of recovery, satisfaction with the services and therapy received, as well as the strength of the therapeutic alliance. All the interviewees stressed the need for more research, education, accessibility and flexibility of services and increased support for both the young people and their families.

Item ID: 55913
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-2789
Keywords: anorexia nervosa, family based treatment, Maudsley, therapeutic alliance, treatment experiences, working alliance
Copyright Information: Copyright © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018.
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2018 23:00
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520302 Clinical psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 75%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 25%
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