The present investigation examined characteristic, symptomatic, and familial predictors of long-term symptom severity of eating disorders. The purpose of the study was to determine if, after accounting for a number of known predictors of outcome, familial variables explained a significant amount of additional variance in disordered eating and general well-being scores measured at post-treatment follow-up. The sample included 398 women, ages 13 to 56, who had completed eating disorder treatment at an inpatient facility. Hierarchal multiple regression analysis demonstrated that familial predictors at admission to treatment did significantly predict long-term outcomes, while changes from admission to treatment in symptoms and perceptions of parents did not predict recovery. Patients' relationships with their fathers significantly contributed to the regression model. Recommendations for future investigations are discussed.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Counseling Psychology and Special Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Ridley, Anna Mae, "Familial Predictors of Long-Term Outcome Following Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders" (2009). All Theses and Dissertations. 1752.
eating disorders, family, parents, outcome, predictors, inpatient treatment, long-term, post-treatment