Comparing face-to-face and online support for disordered eating guided self-help

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Jacqui Lester
Although a highly prevalent and distressing condition, disordered eating is commonly undertreated or improperly treated. As such, an important avenue for future research is investigation of effective treatment for disordered eating that is also cost-effective, accessible and disseminated. The first study is a systematic literature review of the efficacy/effectiveness of internet-based interventions for treatment of eating disorders or disordered eating. The second study aims to evaluate a CBT-based guided self-help intervention for disordered eating in a group of individuals with sub-clinical disordered eating. This study will evaluate the self-help intervention Overcoming Binge Eating (2nd Edition) using a guided self-help format, where a facilitator or guide will work through the intervention with participants. The primary aim of the study is to examine the efficacy, acceptability and cost-effectiveness of the intervention for individuals with sub-clinical disordered eating. The study also aims to compare the efficacy, acceptability and cost-effectiveness of two forms of guidance for the intervention: face-to-face and online video communication (Skype). The study will also examine within-participant predictors of treatment outcomes for the intervention, for example, body image, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, or interpersonal difficulties. Findings from these studies will provide a greater understanding of the role guided self-help and internet-based interventions can play in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. Results could have significant implications for individuals affected by disordered eating who are living in rural or remote locations, are transport-limited or are unable to attend traditional in-person treatment.

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Associate Professor Leah Brennan Principal Supervisor

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