Predictors and mediators of treatment outcome in patients with binge eating disorder

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A randomized controlled trial (N=52) was conducted comparing cognitive-behavioral therapy with a waiting list control group to identify mediators and predictors of treatment outcome. Reduction of weight concerns mediated abstinence of binge eating at post-treatment. Abstinence was marginally mediated by changes in eating and shape concerns, depressive symptoms and global severity of general psychopathology. Neither treatment outcome nor status at 1-year follow-up could be predicted by severity of eating disorder, comorbid psychopathology or maladaptive core beliefs at baseline or at post-treatment. The only predictor for abstinence at both post-treatment and 1-year follow-up was the coping style palliative reacting: higher scores predicted less favorable outcomes. Lower expression of emotions at post-treatment predicted more reduction of eating disorder psychopathology at follow-up. No other patient characteristics allowing treatment-patient matching could be identified.

AuthorDingemans, Alexandra E.; Spinhoven, Philip & Van Furth, Eric F.
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume45(11):2551-2562
Year2007

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