An evaluation of a manualised group self-esteem programme for Anorexia Nervosa patients regaining weight

  • Hannah Biney Newbridge House, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Matt Hutt Newbridge House, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Rachel Matthews Newbridge House, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Hubert Lacey 1. Newbridge House, Birmingham, United Kingdom; 2. St Georges, University of London

Abstract

Low self-esteem has been identified as a strong predictor of onset, maintenance and relapse in eating disorders. This suggests that treatment directly addressing low self-esteem might improve recovery. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based group for low self-esteem is a six session manualised programme based on Melanie Fennel’s model for low self-esteem. It was developed at Newbridge House, a child and adolescent eating disorder inpatient unit in the UK. Although the use of CBT for low self-esteem is established in adult services, the Newbridge programme, adapting the same principles for children and adolescents, is to our knowledge, the first of its kind. This paper reports a service evaluation (N=63) which examines the efficacy of this group in improving low self-esteem for 12-17 year olds with a primary diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa (AN). Paired-samples t-tests compared the differences in pre- to post-group and post-group to follow-up. Results indicate significant improvements in self-esteem as shown by improvements on the Rosenberg Self-Esteem scale, which are maintained at follow-up. This highlights that group manualised CBT for low self-esteem is effective for young people with AN and indicates the need for future controlled studies.

Author Biographies

Hannah Biney, Newbridge House, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Newbridge House, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Matt Hutt, Newbridge House, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Dr.

Newbridge House, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Rachel Matthews, Newbridge House, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Newbridge House, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Hubert Lacey, 1. Newbridge House, Birmingham, United Kingdom; 2. St Georges, University of London

1. Newbridge House, Birmingham, United Kingdom

2. St Georges, University of London

Published
2019-04-15
How to Cite
BINEY, Hannah et al. An evaluation of a manualised group self-esteem programme for Anorexia Nervosa patients regaining weight. Archives of Psychology, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 3, apr. 2019. ISSN 2573-7902. Available at: <https://archivesofpsychology.org/index.php/aop/article/view/94>. Date accessed: 17 june 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.31296/aop.v3i3.94.
Section
Research Articles

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