The purpose of the study was to assess marriage and family therapists' (MFT) knowledge, attitude, and behavior regarding eating disorders in order to identify which areas MFTs need to be trained in regarding the treatment of eating disorders. The present study included 202 MFTs and the results indicate that the more knowledge of eating disorders an MFT has, the more likely he or she is to have a positive attitude towards clients with eating disorders and engage in behaviors that could increase the identification of eating disorders and success in treatment of clients with eating disorders. Therefore, increasing MFTs knowledge of eating disorders could increase MFTs favorable attitudes towards eating disorders; thus, making them more likely to engage in behaviors that could increase the early identification as well as increase the probability of successful treatment of clients with life threatening eating disorders. The implications, limitations, and suggestions for future research are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Counseling Psychology, Individual & family studies|
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