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Family Experience With Eating Disorders Scale: A Systematic Way to Engage the Family in Treatment

Authors

  • Victoria N. Folse PhD, APN, PMHCNS-BC, LCPC,

    Director and Associate Professor, Staff Nurse, Corresponding author
    1. Behavioral Resource Clinician, Eating Disorders Program, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois, USA
    • School of Nursing, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, USA
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  • Kathleen M. Krawzak RN, BSN

    honors research graduate
    1. School of Nursing, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, USA
    2. Infant Special Care Unit, Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Illinois, USA
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  • Conflict of Interest Statement
  • The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.

Author contact:

vfolse@iwu.edu, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to measure congruence in perceptions of family dynamics in eating-disordered adolescents and their parents.

Design and Methods

A pilot sample of 35 matched parent–child dyads completed either the Parent Version or the newly modified Client Version of the Family Experience with Eating Disorders Scale (FEEDS).

Findings

Differences between parent and child perceptions on subscale totals were not demonstrated, but statistically significant differences on select items were shown.

Practice Implications

The FEEDS offers a systematic way to explore differences and commonalities in perception among family members and to engage the family in treatment.

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