Drs. Le Grange and Lock are both supported by the NIH-MH079979 and MH083914 (Le Grange) and MH079978, MH074467, and MH082706 (Lock).
Parental expressed emotion of adolescents with anorexia nervosa: Outcome in family-based treatment
Article first published online: 10 NOV 2010
Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 44, Issue 8, pages 731–734, December 2011
How to Cite
Le Grange, D., Hoste, R. R., Lock, J. and Bryson, S. W. (2011), Parental expressed emotion of adolescents with anorexia nervosa: Outcome in family-based treatment. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 44: 731–734. doi: 10.1002/eat.20877
- Issue published online: 9 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 10 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 AUG 2010
- anorexia nervosa;
- expressed emotion;
- family-based treatment;
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between expressed emotion (EE) and outcome in family-based treatment (FBT) for anorexia nervosa (AN).
Eighty-six adolescents with AN participated in an RCT comparing two doses of FBT. Seventy-nine of these patients and their parents participated in a structured interview, from which EE ratings were made at baseline. Parents were compared on five subscales of EE as well as overall level of EE (high vs. low).
Overall EE levels were low with 32.9% of families presenting as High EE at baseline. Ratings of baseline warmth for both mothers (p = .014) and fathers (p = .037) were related to good outcome at end-of-treatment.
EE in parents of adolescents with AN is remarkably low. Notwithstanding, parental warmth may be a predictor of good outcome. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2010