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Brief Group Intervention Targeting Perfectionism in Adults with Anorexia Nervosa: Empirically Informed Protocol

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-493
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Issue number6
Accepted/In press13 Jul 2016
Published1 Nov 2016


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Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the perfectionism group intervention in adults with Anorexia nervosa (AN) in an inpatient setting.

Method: Adults with AN (N=29) received six weekly session of the empirically informed intervention with experiential exercises. Participants’ self-reported perfectionism was assessed on Frost MPS questionnaire and Clinical Perfectionism Questionnaire pre- and post-group. Patient satisfaction questionnaire was collected after completion of the group.

Results: Statistically significant, moderate size changes were observed for overall perfectionism, concern over mistakes and personal standard dimensions of perfectionism. The feedback questionnaires confirmed the clinical significance impact of the perfectionism group, e.g. patients found the sessions useful and felt confident in using the skills they learnt in the group.

Conclusions: The revised perfectionism group with experiential exercises seemed to be a practical and helpful intervention for patients with AN in inpatient programme.

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