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Parent skills training treatment for parents of children and adolescents with eating disorders: A qualitative study

Authors

  • Gabrielle H. G. Goodier MPsych (Clin),

    1. School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
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  • Julie McCormack MScPsych,

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
    2. Eating Disorders Program, Specialised Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Child and Adolescent Health Service, Department of Health in Western Australia, Perth, Australia
    • Correspondence to: Julie McCormack, Eating Disorders Program, Specialised Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Child and Adolescent Health Service, at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, PO Box D184, Perth, WA 6840. E-mail: julie.mccormack@health.wa.gov.au

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  • Sarah J. Egan PhD, MPsych (Clin),

    1. School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
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  • Hunna J. Watson PhD, MPsych (Clin),

    1. School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
    2. Eating Disorders Program, Specialised Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Child and Adolescent Health Service, Department of Health in Western Australia, Perth, Australia
    3. School of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
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  • Kimberley J. Hoiles BSc (Hons) Psych,

    1. School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
    2. Eating Disorders Program, Specialised Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Child and Adolescent Health Service, Department of Health in Western Australia, Perth, Australia
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  • Gillian Todd RMN, MSc,

    1. South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom
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  • Janet L. Treasure MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych

    1. Psychological Medicine Department, King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, London, United Kingdom
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  • Supported by the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Foundation.

ABSTRACT

Objective

This study examined the experience of parents of children with eating disorders after having participated in a skills-based training intervention.

Method

Eleven parents were interviewed and transcripts were analysed using inductive thematic analysis.

Results

Parent responses were organised around key themes of (1) effectiveness and acceptability of the intervention; (2) interpersonal experience of the group process; and (3) feedback on intervention content. Overall, the transfer of specialist skills was highly valued by parents and applied within the home and hospital setting.

Discussion

This study contributes preliminary evidence that skills-based training may improve parent self-efficacy, psychological distress, anxiety, and burden. This intervention can also be a cost-effective method for supporting carers, and future research is required to contribute data on treatment efficacy for patients in addition to parents. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2014; 47:368–375)

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