POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE TREATMENT EXPERIENCES REPORTED BY PEOPLE WITH EATING DISORDERS
Rahul Mital, Phillipa Hay, Janet Conti, Haider Mannan
Western Sydney University, Sydney , Australia
Introduction: Despite eating disorders resulting in significant impairment to the individual, many people disengage from treatment. There is a paucity of literature that focuses on both positive and negative aspects of peopleís treatment experiences. This study is aimed to identify the associations between features of therapy with perceived treatment helpfulness and unhelpfulness. Methods: An online cross-sectional survey was developed and disseminated, with the data of 235 participants being utilised for multiple linear regression analyses. Results: As predicted, factors in the therapeutic relationship such as the therapistís ability to instil hope, provide freedom of choice and understand the patient and address concerns had high, statistically significant predictive value in treatment helpfulness. Contrary to our original hypothesis, change being retrospectively identified as important or possible by the participant did not. Conclusions: These outcomes highlight the significance of the therapeutic relationship in governing positive treatment responses. The results also challenge the traditional conception and potential overvaluation of motivation to change as a key predictor for treatment helpfulness and suggests further exploration to replicate findings.