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Behav. Sci. 2017, 7(2), 23; doi:10.3390/bs7020023

Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa—Treatment Satisfaction and the Perception of Change

Regional Department for Eating Disorders, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål HF, Postboks 4950 Nydalen, 0424 Oslo, Norway
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Received: 20 March 2017 / Revised: 7 April 2017 / Accepted: 10 April 2017 / Published: 18 April 2017

Abstract

Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) has recently been developed for children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa (AN). It focuses on decreasing rigid cognitions and behaviors, as well as increasing central coherence. Overall, CRT has been proven feasible for young individuals with AN, but little is known regarding the specifics of its feasibility, and the perception of change associated with the intervention. Consequently, the aim of the current study was to explore service users’ perspective on CRT with a specific focus on treatment delivery, treatment content, and perceived change. Twenty adolescents (age 13–18) with AN participated in a 10-session course of CRT. A 20-item treatment evaluation questionnaire was administered at the end of treatment, focusing on four aspects of the intervention: (1) general attitudes towards treatment, (2) treatment specifics, (3) the perception of change and (4) the patient-therapist relation. The main findings suggest high levels of treatment satisfaction, but somewhat limited perceptions of change. The current study is one of the most detailed accounts of adolescents’ perspective on CRT published on eating disorders, and highlights several important aspects of the treatment viewed through the eye of the receiver. View Full-Text
Keywords: anorexia nervosa; cognitive remediation therapy; eating disorders; treatment satisfaction; neuropsychology; rigidity; cognitive flexibility; central coherence anorexia nervosa; cognitive remediation therapy; eating disorders; treatment satisfaction; neuropsychology; rigidity; cognitive flexibility; central coherence
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Dahlgren, C.L.; Stedal, K. Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa—Treatment Satisfaction and the Perception of Change. Behav. Sci. 2017, 7, 23.

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