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Behav Res Ther. 2009 Sep;47(9):729-36. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2009.05.006. Epub 2009 May 27.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy for adolescents with bulimic symptomatology: the acceptability and effectiveness of internet-based delivery.

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  • 1Section of Eating Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, United Kingdom.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The evidence base for the treatment of adolescents with bulimia nervosa (BN) is limited.

AIMS:

To assess the feasibility, acceptability, and clinical outcomes of a web-based cognitive-behavioural (CBT) intervention for adolescents with bulimic symptomatology.

METHOD:

101 participants were recruited from eating disorders clinics or from beat, a UK-wide eating disorders charity. The programme consisted of online CBT sessions ('Overcoming Bulimia Online'), peer support via message boards, and email support from a clinician. Participants' bulimic symptomatology and service utilisation were assessed by interview at baseline and at three and six months. Participants' views of the treatment package were also determined.

RESULTS:

There were significant improvements in eating disorder symptoms and service contacts from baseline to three months, which were maintained at six months. Participants' views of the intervention were positive.

CONCLUSIONS:

The intervention has the potential for use as a first step in the treatment of adolescents with bulimic symptomatology.

PMID:
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