Stage of change as a predictor of response to psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa
Article first published online: 31 MAY 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 96–100, July 2001
How to Cite
Wolk, S. L. and Devlin, M. J. (2001), Stage of change as a predictor of response to psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 30: 96–100. doi: 10.1002/eat.1058
- Issue published online: 31 MAY 2001
- Article first published online: 31 MAY 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 MAY 2000
- stage of change;
- treatment outcome;
This study was designed to test the hypotheses that stage of change is a useful predictor of dropout and that it is related to treatment outcome in patients receiving brief psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa.
One hundred ten patients with bulimia nervosa were randomly assigned treatment with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or interpersonal therapy (IPT). On initial screening, patients were classified as being in the stage of precontemplation, contemplation, or preparation.
Initial stage of change was not related to dropout either before or following randomization. Among all treatment completers, stage of change was related to outcome. Of the patients assigned to CBT, stage of change was not related to outcome. However, stage of change was related to outcome in patients randomized to IPT.
This study suggests that initial stage of change may, under certain circumstances, be a useful predictor of outcome and that its utility as an outcome predictor may vary according to treatment. © 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 30:96–100, 2001.