Effect of Aggression Regulation on Eating Disorder Pathology: RCT of a Brief Body and Movement Oriented Intervention

Boerhout, C., Swart, M., Van Busschbach, J. T. & Hoek, H. W., Mar-2016, In : European eating disorders review. 24, 2, p. 114-121 8 p.

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ObjectiveThe objective of the study is to evaluate the effect of a brief body and movement oriented intervention on aggression regulation and eating disorder pathology for individuals with eating disorders.

MethodIn a first randomized controlled trial, 40 women were allocated to either the aggression regulation intervention plus supportive contact or a control condition of supportive contact only. The intervention was delivered by a psychomotor therapist. Participants completed questionnaires on anger coping and eating disorder pathology. Independent samples t-tests were performed on the difference between pre-treatment and post-treatment scores.

ResultsTwenty-nine participants completed questionnaires at pre-intervention and post-intervention. The intervention resulted in a significantly greater improvement of anger coping, as well as of eating disorder pathology.

DiscussionResults indicate that body and movement-oriented aggression regulation may be a viable add-on for treating eating disorders. It tackles a difficult to treat emotion which may have a role in blocking the entire process of treating eating disorders. Copyright (c) 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-121
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean eating disorders review
Issue number2
Early online date18-Dec-2015
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2016

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