The treatment of the body image disturbances in eating disorders and clinically significant change.

  • Jose H. Marco Universidad Católica de Valencia "San Vicente Mártir"
  • Conxa Perpiñá Universidad de Valencia
  • Cristina Botella Universidad Jaume I de Castellón
Keywords: Virtual reality, clinically Significant change, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, body image, eating disorders, psychological treatment, cognitive-behavior therapy.

Abstract

Body image disturbance is a significant maintenance and prognosis factor in eating disorders. Hence, existing eating disorder treatments can benefit from direct intervention in patients’ body image. No controlled studies have yet compared eating disorder treatments with and without a treatment component centred on body image. This paper includes a controlled study comparing cognitive behavioral treatment for eating disorders with and without a component for body image treatment using virtual reality techniques. The objective of this work is to check if both types of treatment will produce a change clinically significant at the end of the treatment and the follow-up to the year.  Thirty-four participants diagnosed with eating disorders were treated and compared  with the general population with low vulnerability to eating disorders. Results showed that only in the patients who received the body image treatment obtained a change clinically significant. The implications and limitations of these results are discussed below.

Author Biographies

Jose H. Marco, Universidad Católica de Valencia "San Vicente Mártir"
Director del Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamientos en ciencias de la Salud. Universidad Católica de Valencia "San Vicente Martir"
Conxa Perpiñá, Universidad de Valencia
Catedrática de Universidad
Cristina Botella, Universidad Jaume I de Castellón
Catedrática de Universidad
Published
07-04-2014
How to Cite
Marco, J. H., Perpiñá, C., & Botella, C. (2014). The treatment of the body image disturbances in eating disorders and clinically significant change. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 30(2), 422-430. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.30.2.151291
Section
Clinical and Health Psychology

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