Computers, e-mail and therapy in eating disorders
Article first published online: 25 APR 2003
Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association
European Eating Disorders Review
Special Issue: New Technologies in the Treatment of Eating Disorders.
Volume 11, Issue 3, pages 210–221, May/June 2003
How to Cite
Robinson, P. and Serfaty, M. (2003), Computers, e-mail and therapy in eating disorders. Eur. Eat. Disorders Rev., 11: 210–221. doi: 10.1002/erv.516
- Issue published online: 25 APR 2003
- Article first published online: 25 APR 2003
Many ethical and practical questions have been asked in relation to the delivery of therapy via e-mail including: is therapy delivered via e-mail acceptable to clients? Are people recruited into treatment via an e-mailed advertisement similar to a clinical sample? Is such therapy effective? Is there a therapeutic relationship which involves expression of emotion, therapist empathy, and other features of the face-to-face therapeutic interaction? Is such therapy safe? This paper attempts to answer these questions based on findings from ongoing studies on the use of cognitive behavioural treatment (CBT) delivered via e-mail to individuals with bulimic disorders. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.