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Self-Esteem Group: Useful Intervention for Inpatients with Anorexia Nervosa?

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Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, London SE5 8AF, UK
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South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London BR3 3BX, UK
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Department of Psychology, Illia State University, Tbilisi 0162, Georgia
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Brain Sci. 2019, 9(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9010012
Received: 12 December 2018 / Revised: 7 January 2019 / Accepted: 9 January 2019 / Published: 13 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychotherapeutic Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa)
Low self-esteem is a common feature in Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and has been hypothesised to act as a predisposing, precipitating, and perpetuating factor. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)-based self-esteem group in a naturalistic setting of patients with AN in an inpatient treatment programme. Included in this study were 119 female patients diagnosed with AN, with all participants completing self-report questionnaires before and after the intervention. The group consisted of five to six weekly sessions. The self-esteem group led to a statistically significant improvement in self-esteem, which could not be explained by an increase in BMI alone, suggesting that the group is facilitating positive changes within an AN group. The group also had a small effect on improving patients self-perceived ability to change. These findings suggest that the brief self-esteem group has some benefits in improving patients’ self-esteem/self-efficacy and should be replicated in the future with a control condition to confirm findings. View Full-Text
Keywords: self-esteem; anorexia nervosa; cognitive behavioral therapy; group therapy; inpatient treatment; eating disorder self-esteem; anorexia nervosa; cognitive behavioral therapy; group therapy; inpatient treatment; eating disorder
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Adamson, J.; Ozenc, C.; Baillie, C.; Tchanturia, K. Self-Esteem Group: Useful Intervention for Inpatients with Anorexia Nervosa? Brain Sci. 2019, 9, 12.

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