Volume 2 Supplement 1

Proceedings of the 2014 Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Conference: Driven Bodies Driven Brains

Open Access

Know and grow: a qualitative evaluation of a parent skills training intervention

  • Gabrielle Goodier1,
  • Julie McCormack2Email author,
  • Sarah Egan1,
  • Hunna Watson2,
  • Gillian Todd3,
  • Janet Treasure4, 5,
  • Kimberley Hoiles2,
  • Sue Lister2 and
  • Kaye James2
Journal of Eating Disorders20142(Suppl 1):O36

https://doi.org/10.1186/2050-2974-2-S1-O36

Published: 24 November 2014

Objective

This qualitative study examined the experience of parents of children and adolescents with eating disorders after having participated in a skills-based training intervention.

Method

Participants were interviewed and transcripts were analysed using inductive thematic analysis.

Results

Parent responses were organised around key themes of (1) effectiveness and acceptability of the intervention; (2) interpersonal experience of the group process; and (3) feedback on intervention content. Overall, the program was seen by parents to be highly relevant with direct application to supporting their child in home and hospital environments.

Discussion

This study reports on preliminary evidence that skills-based training is acceptable to parents and improves parent functioning including parent self-efficacy, and reduces psychological distress, anxiety, and burden. The study also demonstrated that the intervention can be delivered in a tertiary paediatric treatment setting and it may become cost-effective method for supporting parents and other carers. Future research is required on treatment efficacy and patient outcomes.

This abstract was presented in the Parental Roles in Prevention and Support stream of the 2014 ANZAED Conference.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University
(2)
Specialised Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children
(3)
South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
(4)
Psychological Medicine Department, King's College London
(5)
Institute of Psychiatry

Copyright

© Goodier et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014

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