Qualitative patient experiences from the Self-Blame and Perspective-Taking Intervention for eating disorders.

Journal of Eating Disorders
Whitney Smith HaganCarrie McAdams

Abstract

Problems in social cognition and social support contribute to eating disorders (ED). Group therapy provides an ideal format to create an experiential learning environment focused on understanding social interactions. This pilot study examined the qualitative content of the participants' experiences in the Self-Blame and Perspective-Taking Intervention (SBPI) for ED. The SBPI was a 4-week group therapy intervention involving art therapy and psychoeducation that focused on social behaviors in ED patients. Participants received surveys immediately after the intervention and at 1 to 4 weeks after the post-intervention. Thematic analyses of qualitative feedback were performed using Braun and Clarke's thematic analysis framework. Inductive analyses revealed three main themes: (1) Developing self-acceptance through emotional reflection, (2) Changing expectations with neurosocial knowledge, and (3) Bonding and vulnerability in social interactions; all concepts intentionally targeted by the SBPI. Participants varied in their support of a guideline to exclude personal discussion of ED-related cognitions and behaviors in the group. As a whole, patients valued the combination of psychosocial education with group experientials focused on so...Continue Reading

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