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Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2014 Jan;22(1):45-52. doi: 10.1002/erv.2265. Epub 2013 Oct 16.

Patient and parental self-reports of executive functioning in a sample of young female adolescents with anorexia nervosa before and after cognitive remediation therapy.

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  • 1Regional Department for Eating Disorders, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Oslo University Hospital Ullevål HF, Oslo, Norway.



Previous studies assessing the potency of cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) have largely focused on performance-based assessments and how these change during the course of the intervention. Little is known of behavioural manifestations of such changes, and no previous studies have studied parental reports before and after CRT.


Patient and parental self-reports of executive function using the Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) were obtained for 17 adolescent patients in treatment for anorexia nervosa before and after CRT.


Results indicated that patients scored significantly lower on the BRIEF shift subscale after CRT, whereas parental reports revealed significantly lower scores on the shift and emotional control subscales, and on the two composite indices Behavioural Regulation Index and Global Executive Composite. Case-wise comparisons support variations in executive functions in adolescents with anorexia nervosa.


Changes are evaluated in light of the relationship between patients and parents and with regard to the limitations of the study design.


adolescents; anorexia nervosa; cognitive remediation therapy; executive function; self-report

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