Effective treatments for disordered eating

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Jake Linardon
The primary aim of this project is to compare and evaluate two psychological interventions-a??Enhanced Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E) and Health at Every Size (HAES)- for disordered eating. While several studies have shown both interventions to be effective at reducing disordered eating features (e.g., bingeing, extreme dieting, weight concern), research has yet to directly compare these two interventions in a single trial. In addition, because most research on these two interventions have evaluated their efficacy and effectiveness, little is known about how they work. To understand how CBT-E and HAES works, the assumptions behind the treatment procedures must be tested, and the treatment-induced mediators of change within treatment must be examined. This project will consist of 3 studies that address these issues; 1) a systematic literature review identifying the correlates of outcome for CBT-E and HAES-based interventions for disordered eating persons, and an intervention study 2) evaluating two conceptual models based on the assumptions behind CBT-E and HAES that outlines the processes that maintain disordered eating, and 3) comparing the efficacy and examining the treatment-induced mediators of a CBT-E and a HAES-based intervention for individuals with disordered eating.

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Associate Professor Leah Brennan Principal Supervisor

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