Title

Intrinsic Religiousness and Spiritual Well-Being as Predictors of Treatment Outcome Among Women with Eating Disorders

Keywords

religiousness, spirituality, eating disorders, women, treatment

Abstract

This study investigated the relationship of religious orientation, re- ligious affiliation, and spiritual well-being with treatment outcomes in an eating disorder inpatient treatment program. Participants were 251 women diagnosed with an eating disorder. Gain scores on the Eating Attitudes Test, Body Shape Questionnaire, Outcome Questionnaire 45.2, and therapist improvement ratings were used as outcome measures. Multiple regression analyses revealed that neither intrinsic religiousness nor religious affiliation were associ- ated with treatment outcomes. Pearson correlations revealed that improvements in spiritual well-being during treatment were sig- nificantly associated with positive gains in eating attitudes, less body shape concerns, and positive psychological and social functioning.

Original Publication Citation

Smith, F. T., Richards, P. S., Fischer, L., & Hardman, R. K. (2003). Intrinsic religiousness and spiritual well-being as predictors of treatment outcome among women with eating disorders. Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 11, 15-26.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2003

Publisher

Eating Disorders

Language

English

College

David O. McKay School of Education

Department

Counseling Psychology and Special Education

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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