Eating Disorders : Exploring Support & Therapist Perspectives
Lever, Emma Warwick D.Clin.Psych. 2013 G6s 62-19549
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that the treatment of eating disorders should generally be managed on an outpatient basis using psychologically informed approaches (Clinical Guideline 9, NICE, 2004).
As such, carers and psychological therapists are crucial in providing support to individuals with eating disorders. Although there is a wealth of research literature focusing on the understanding and treatment of eating disorders, further consideration of carers and therapists in this area is warranted.
This thesis therefore gives prominence to these two groups.
Chapter 1 reviews the literature on education and support interventions for carers of those with eating disorders. Findings suggest that face-to-face and self-help interventions show effectiveness in reducing negative carer symptoms and meeting carers’ needs. Methodological limitations, research recommendations and clinical implications are outlined.
Chapter 2 presents an empirical study which explores the impact of eating disorders work on eight psychological therapists, including the effects on their eating and body image. A grounded theory approach is adopted. Findings illustrate that therapists are affected by the complexity of their day-to-day work in many ways and that they have a number of means of coping. Recommendations are made for clinical practice and future research.
Chapter 3 provides a reflective account of the research journey. It gives an overview of the research process and provides an opportunity for the researcher to be considered in this.