Rules of engagement: Qualitative experiences of therapeutic alliance when receiving in-patient treatment for anorexia nervosa

Sly, Richard, Morgan, John F., Mountford, Victoria A., Sawer, Francesca, Evans, Charlotte and Lacey, J. Hubert (2014) Rules of engagement: Qualitative experiences of therapeutic alliance when receiving in-patient treatment for anorexia nervosa. Eating Disorders, 22 (3). pp. 233-243. ISSN 1064-0266

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Abstract

Recent research has emphasised the importance of therapeutic alliance to treatment outcomes for anorexia nervosa. This study aimed to examine the experiences of service users in developing therapeutic alliance whilst in treatment for their eating disorders. This qualitative study, using purposive sampling, recruited a sample of service users receiving treatment at a national eating disorders service. In-depth interviews were audiotaped and transcribed, with transcriptions being subject to interpretative phenomenological analysis. Participants were eight adult women receiving tertiary level eating disorder treatment in a specialist setting. The text analysis produced four dominant categories: alliance as a key experience; being active, not passive; taboo talking; and first impressions count. The development of therapeutic alliance is a core component of treatment. This study identifies important areas that contribute to the successful cultivation of positive therapeutic alliance.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School:
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2014 15:42
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2022 06:51
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/48986
DOI: 10.1080/10640266.2013.867742

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