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Journal of Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Science

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Effectiveness of emotion-focused group therapy on social anxiety and emotion-regulation in women with eating disorders

Author(s): Seyyede Narges Hosseini, Armaghan Mortaz Hejri, Ali Mshhadi

OBJECTIVE: Eating disorder is one of the disabling disorders. However, there are treatments that help many patients with this disorder. The aim of present study was to examine the effectiveness of Emotion-focused therapy on social anxiety and emotion regulation in women with eating disorders.

METHODS AND MATERIALS: This study was quasi-experimental with pre-test and post-test and control group. For this purpose, 24 persons that had received a diagnosis of an eating disorder were selected through voluntary sampling and were placed in two experiment and control groups. In this study, EAT- 26 questionnaire to measure eating disorder, SPIN questionnaire to measure social anxiety and emotion regulation process strategies questionnaire were used. Individuals participated in 12 sessions of group therapy for 90 minutes. single and multivariate analysis of variance test were used to examine data.

RESULTS: Results showed significant reduction in the severity and frequency of symptoms of eating disorder, Reducing the severity and frequency of symptoms of social anxiety disorder and Significant improvements in emotion regulation strategies.

CONCLUSION: We can say, emotion- focused therapy is effective for reducing symptoms of eating disorder and social anxiety and improvement in emotion regulation.


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