Partial support for this research was provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Joseph Armand-Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, awarded to Rachel Vella-Zarb. There are no known conflicts of interest.
A randomized controlled trial of motivational interviewing + self-help versus psychoeducation + self-help for binge eating
Article first published online: 13 JAN 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 48, Issue 3, pages 328–332, April 2015
How to Cite
Vella-Zarb, R. A., Mills, J. S., Westra, H. A., Carter, J. C. and Keating, L. (2015), A randomized controlled trial of motivational interviewing + self-help versus psychoeducation + self-help for binge eating. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 48: 328–332. doi: 10.1002/eat.22242
- Issue published online: 20 MAR 2015
- Article first published online: 13 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 24 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Received: 21 SEP 2013
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
- binge eating disorder;
- randomized controlled trial;
- binge eating;
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative therapy that focuses on strengthening a person's internal motivation to change. Research suggests that MI may be helpful for treating binge eating; however, findings are limited and little is known about how MI for binge eating compares to active therapy controls. The present study aimed to build on current research by comparing MI as a prelude to self-help treatment for binge eating with psychoeducation as a prelude to self-help treatment for binge eating.
Participants with full or subthreshold DSM-IV Binge Eating Disorder or nonpurging Bulimia Nervosa were randomly assigned to receive either 60 minutes of MI followed by a self-help manual (n = 24) or 60 minutes of psychoeducation followed by a self-help manual (n = 21). Questionnaires were completed pre- and postsession, and at 1 and 4 months postsession.
MI significantly increased readiness to change and confidence in ability to control binge eating, whereas psychoeducation did not. No group differences were found when changes in eating disorder attitudes and behaviors were examined.
MI offers benefits for increasing motivation and self-efficacy. However, it may not be a uniquely effective treatment approach for reducing binge eating. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2015; 48:328–332)