This study evaluated the efficacy of a 2-hour psycho-education session combined with bi-weekly telephone support in increasing parent/caregiver knowledge about eating disorders, increasing self-efficacy by empowering parents to support their child’s recovery, and decreasing the impact of eating disorder symptoms on the family. The intervention was targeted at parents/caregivers whose child was waiting to be assessed for an eating disorder. Participants included 51 parents/caregivers and 36 youths. The brief intervention successfully increased parent/caregiver knowledge of the illness, feelings of self-efficacy, and help-seeking behaviors. These findings are clinically useful as waiting lists are common in Canada.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/10640266.2014.940790
Journal Eating Disorders
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Spettigue, W. (Wendy), Maras, D. (Danijela), Obeid, N. (Nicole), Henderson, K, Buchholz, A. (Annick), Gomez, R. (Rebecca), & Norris, M.L. (Mark L.). (2015). A Psycho-Education Intervention for Parents of Adolescents With Eating Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Eating Disorders, 23(1), 60–75. doi:10.1080/10640266.2014.940790