Aggression regulation in eating disorders: evidence for a brief body and movement oriented intervention

C Boerhout, J T van Busschbach, M Voskamp, N A C Troquete, M Swart, H W Hoek

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    Abstract

    BACKGROUND: Individuals with eating disorders tend to internalise their anger and aggression excessively. However, an evidence-based intervention, targeted on this persistent issue, was missing until now. Therefore, a body and movement oriented intervention was developed, which supports patients to reframe and redirect anger and aggression against the destructive influence of the eating disorder.<br/> AIM: To study the effectiveness of the aggression regulation intervention.<br/> METHOD: The intervention was tested in a first randomised controlled trial (RCT) in an outpatient setting and in a two-center RCT in a multidisciplinary day hospital setting. Coping with anger was measured by the Self-Expression and Control Scale (SECS). Eating disorder pathology was measured by the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q).<br/> RESULTS: Both RCTs delivered first evidence for the brief body and movement oriented intervention to reduce excessive anger internalisation in individuals with eating disorders. Moreover, in the outpatient trial the eating disorder pathology was significantly more reduced in the intervention group compared to the control group.<br/> CONCLUSION: There is first evidence for the effectiveness of a body and movement oriented approach of reducing excessive anger internalisation in individuals with eating disorders.

    Translated title of the contributionAggression regulation in eating disorders: evidence for a brief body and movement oriented intervention
    Original languageDutch
    Pages (from-to)572-581
    Number of pages10
    JournalTijdschrift voor Psychiatrie
    Volume61
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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