Evaluation of a cognitive remediation therapy group for adolescents with anorexia nervosa: pilot study

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OBJECTIVE: Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) has been used with adults with anorexia nervosa (AN) in individual and group formats; however, evaluation of CRT with adolescents in this population is very limited.

METHOD: Seven CRT groups were carried out with a total of 30 adolescents with AN. Adolescents' cognitive flexibility and motivation was assessed before and after the group, and they completed qualitative questionnaires after the group to determine their perceptions.

RESULTS: There was a small effect size in self-reported cognitive flexibility post group. Adolescents found the group interesting and useful; however, some wanted more support with application to real life.

DISCUSSION: Cognitive remediation therapy has the potential to be used with adolescents with AN. More research is needed to determine if CRT is beneficial for young people with AN.Copyright 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.

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