Adolescent outcomes in family-based treatment of anorexia nervosa: Single- versus two-parent families

Sara Patterson LaCasse, Fordham University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine whether family-based treatment (FBT) for adolescent anorexia nervosa (AN) is differentially efficacious in single-parent versus two-parent families. Seventy-six adolescents (86.8 % female) with either AN (n = 58) or subthreshold AN ( n = 18) received FBT as part of a larger treatment study for adolescent AN. Two-parent (n = 47; 61.8%) and single-parent ( n = 29; 38.2%) families were compared on demographic variables, presence of comorbid psychiatric illness, and symptoms of AN at baseline and end of treatment. A one-way repeated measures analysis of variance determining if family structure has an impact on weight restoration from baseline to end of treatment found statistically significant differences in expected body weight from baseline to end of treatment for one-parent and two-parent families. Treatment outcomes were not significantly impacted by family structure. No significant difference in outcomes of FBT was found between one-parent and two-parent, nor was there any significant impact with respect to the presence of comorbid psychiatric illness, family history, or resumption of menses and weight restoration.^

Subject Area

Psychology, Social|Psychology, Clinical|Psychology, Personality|Psychology, Cognitive

Recommended Citation

LaCasse, Sara Patterson, "Adolescent outcomes in family-based treatment of anorexia nervosa: Single- versus two-parent families" (2014). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3630904.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI3630904

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