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Title: Using Narrative Therapy to Treat Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
Contributor(s): Scott, Ned (author); Hanstock, Tanya (author); Patterson-Kane, Lisa (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1177/1534650113486184
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Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
520303 Counselling psychology
520304 Health psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified
920203 Diagnostic Methods
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: undefined
200399 Provision of health and support services not elsewhere classified
200101 Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
Abstract: Eating disorders have proved resistant to therapy with high relapse rates. Enhanced cognitive behavior therapy (CBT-E) is the favored treatment of choice but has been criticized for placing a similar emphasis on controlling eating behavior as the psychopathology it seeks to counter. In contrast, narrative therapy focuses on the development of an anti-eating disorder lifestyle and values. Evidence for this approach primarily consists of informal case study material. This case study describes a 28-year-old woman with a recurring history of anorexia nervosa, who self-referred to a university psychology clinic, due to fears of imminent relapse. The client received 10 sessions of narrative therapy and made significant progress in externalizing her eating disorder, in lessening her adherence to the ascetic values underpinning it, and in developing/expressing her non-eating disorder character and values. This case study provides evidence of the potential effectiveness of narrative therapy and contains valuable learning for clinicians regarding its implementation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Clinical Case Studies, 12(4), p. 307-321
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1552-3802
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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