Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

Inside the Family Meal: A Thematic Analysis of Session Two in Maudsley Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

Inside the Family Meal: A Thematic Analysis of Session Two in Maudsley Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

Article excerpt

Author(s): Kate Godfrey[sup.1], Paul Rhodes[sup.1], Jane Miskovic-Wheatley[sup.2], Andrew Wallis[sup.2], Simon Clarke[sup.3], Michael Kohn[sup.2], Stephen Touyz[sup.1] and Sloane Madden[sup.2]

Aim

The family meal is a key session in Maudsley family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa. This study aimed to determine whether there are different types of family meal and whether within session processes (i.e., strategies used by the therapist and each family member) differ according to meal type.

Method

Thirty video-recorded family meal sessions from a randomised controlled trial were transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. Transcripts were initially coded for units of meaning. Themes were then extracted and analysed to create a greater understanding of the processes occurring during the session.

Results

Two types of family meal were identified. The first was characterised by processes that were consistent with the Maudsley model, and resulted in the patient eating one mouthful more than they were prepared to. …

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