Effectiveness of a Community Based Eating Disorder Program

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Sarah Allen
The current research has been conducted to explore the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as an intervention for the treatment of eating disorders. Although interventions, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) have been found to be effective in the treatment of eating disorders, research on the use of ACT has largely focussed on its use for the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. The current research project aims to (1) conduct a systematic literature review exploring the use of ACT as an intervention in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating, (2) explore the effectiveness of a 14 week community based treatment and support program, Recovery Is Possible for Everyone (RIPE), which incorporates ACT, on the disordered eating, quality of life, and psychosocial wellbeing (depression and anxiety) of group members who have Bulimia Nervosa (BN) and Binge Eating Disorder (BED), through data collected at pre-treatment, post-treatment and at a six month follow up, and (3) determine the effect of having greater levels of perfectionism and maturity fears, as well as experiencing greater adverse parenting behaviours, on one's treatment outcomes for their eating disorder. Results will provide a greater understanding of the use and effectiveness of ACT as an intervention in the treatment of eating disorders. These will also assist in determining the impact of ACT on improving disordered eating, quality of life and psychosocial wellbeing at post treatment, and will provide a greater understanding of how perfectionism, maturity fears and adverse parenting behaviours, can impact on treatment outcomes.

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Associate Professor Leah Brennan Principal Supervisor

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