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

Cees Boerhout*, Marte Swart, Jooske T. Van Busschbach, Hans W. Hoek

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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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