Self-Help and Stepped Care in Eating Disorders

Peter Musiat and Ulrike Schmidt

in The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195373622
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Self-Help and Stepped Care in Eating Disorders

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This chapter reviews the utility of self-help interventions in the treatment of eating disorders. It describes the origins, rationale, and theoretical considerations for the development and use of self-help interventions. Different forms of self-help and modes of delivery are described. The existing research evidence on self-help in eating disorders (EDs) is detailed, including an overview of what is known about predictors and moderators of outcome. The chapter also considers clinical and practical factors in the use of such interventions. Finally, the limitations in our knowledge of self-help in EDs are discussed as well as implications for future research.

Keywords: anorexia; binge eating; bulimia; CD-ROM; eating disorders; guided self-help; Internet-based treatment; pure self help; self-help; stepped care

Article.  11469 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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