Motivation to recover for adolescent and adult eating disorder patients in residential treatment
Manwaring, J., Blalock, D. V., Le Grange, D., Duffy, A., McClanahan, S. F., Johnson, C., Mehler, P. S., Plotkin, M., & Rienecke, R. D. (2021). Motivation to recover for adolescent and adult eating disorder patients in residential treatment. European Eating Disorders Review, 29, 622-633.
This study assessed how motivation to recover impacts eating disorder (ED) symptoms at discharge for adolescents and adults in inpatient/residential treatment at ERC. Two hundred and three adolescent and 395 adult patients with an ED diagnosis completed the Decisional Balance Scale (DBS) at baseline, and psychosocial measures (ED symptoms, anxiety, depression, obsessive– compulsive disorder symptoms), and body mass index (BMI) at baseline and discharge. Motivation to recover as assessed by DBS subscales was a more reliable predictor of outcomes at discharge for both ED and comorbid psychopathology in adults than adolescents. Findings suggest that motivation to recover may be an important predictor of outcome for adult patients in inpatient/residential treatment, but does not appear to be associated with outcomes for adolescent patients, highlighting the importance of family involvement for adolescents who may not be motivated for recovery.