Is reduction of symptoms in eating disorder patients after 1 year of treatment related to attachment security and mentalization?

Greet S. Kuipers, Zara Van Loenhout, L. Andries Van Der Ark, M.H.J. Bekker

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In a sample of 38 eating disorder (ED) patients who received psychotherapeutic treatment, changes in attachment security, and mentalization in relation to symptoms reduction were investigated. Attachment security improved in 1 year but was unrelated to improvement of ED or comorbid symptoms. Mentalization did not change significantly in 1 year. Pretreatment mentalization was negatively related to the severity of ED symptoms, trait anxiety, psycho-neuroticism, and self-injurious behavior after 1 year of treatment. We conclude that for ED patients, improving mentalization might increase the effect of treatment on core and comorbid symptoms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-269
JournalEating Disorders
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Kuipers, Greet S. ; Van Loenhout, Zara ; Van Der Ark, L. Andries ; Bekker, M.H.J. / Is reduction of symptoms in eating disorder patients after 1 year of treatment related to attachment security and mentalization?. In: Eating Disorders. 2018 ; Vol. 26, No. 3. pp. 263-269 .
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