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Client attachment and therapist feelings in the treatment of bulimia nervosa.

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Original source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25985045?dopt=Abstract

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Client attachment and therapist feelings in the treatment of bulimia nervosa.

Psychotherapy (Chic). 2015 Jun;52(2):247-57

Authors: Daniel SI, Lunn S, Poulsen S

Abstract
The relationship between client attachment and therapist postsession feelings was investigated in a randomized clinical trial of psychoanalytic psychotherapy (PPT) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for bulimia nervosa. Therapists completed feeling word checklists after each session, and client attachment was assessed with the Adult Attachment Interview. A factor analysis identified 3 feeling factors, Happy/Enthusiastic, Overwhelmed/Moved, and Indifferent/Bored. Positive feelings were predominant, but PPT therapists reported more negative and fewer positive feelings than CBT therapists did. Client improvement in terms of frequency of bulimic episodes and general psychiatric distress was related to an increase in Happy/Enthusiastic feelings. Multilevel analyses indicated significant interactions between therapy type and client dismissing versus preoccupied attachment in predicting therapist negative emotional reactions. PPT therapist felt more Indifferent/Bored the more dismissing clients were, whereas CBT therapists felt more Overwhelmed/Moved the more preoccupied clients were.

PMID: 25985045 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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