CP Research Corner: Rapid and Substantial Behavioral Change

It has been identified that rapid and substantial behavioral change (RSBC) earlier on in the process of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for eating disorders is the strongest predictor to indicate treatment outcome. It has been hypothesized that other changes, such as rapid change in emotion regulation, may predict treatment outcomes beyond those known in RSBC.

A recent study focused on rapid and substantial behavioral change

In a study of 104 individuals engaged in a six-week CBT-based intensive treatment, results demonstrated that rapid improvement in access to emotion regulation strategies made significant contributions to the prediction of post-treatment binge/purge abstinence, cognitive psychopathology of eating disorders, and depression symptoms. The discussion around this review suggests that individuals who rapidly improve their own beliefs that they can modulate emotions are more likely to achieve solid treatment outcomes. The study authors are Danielle E. MacDonald, PhD1,2; Kathryn Trottier, PhD1,2; and Marion P. Olmsted, PhD1,2.


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