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Holmqvist Larsson, KristinaORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-1312-5553
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Holmqvist Larsson, K., Lowen, A., Hellerstedt, L., Bergcrona, L., Salerud, M. & Zetterqvist, M. (2020). Emotion regulation group skills training: a pilot study of an add-on treatment for eating disorders in a clinical setting. Journal of Eating Disorders, 8(1), Article ID 12.
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2020 (English)In: Journal of Eating Disorders, E-ISSN 2050-2974, Vol. 8, no 1, article id 12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background Emotion regulation difficulties appear to play a role in the development and maintenance of several eating disorders. This pilot study aimed at examining whether a short add-on group skills training in emotion regulation for young adults with different eating disorders was feasible in a psychiatric clinical setting. We also investigated if the treatment increased knowledge of emotions, and decreased self-reported difficulties with emotion regulation, alexithymia, symptoms of eating disorder, anxiety and depression, as well as clinical impairment. Methods Six skills training groups were piloted with a total of 29 participants (M = 21.41 years, SD = 1.92). The treatment consisted of five sessions dealing with psychoeducation about emotions and emotion regulation skills training. Paired samples t-test was used to compare differences between before-and-after measures. Results The primary outcomes measures difficulties in emotion regulation (p < 0.001) and alexithymia (p < 0.001) showed significant improvement after treatment. The total eating disorder score (p = 0.009) was also significantly reduced, as was clinical impairment (p < 0.001). Acceptance/valued direction, identifying primary emotions and learning about secondary emotions was rated as especially helpful. Conclusions This preliminary pilot study showed that group training targeting emotion regulation skills was feasible and appreciated by participants, as well as being potentially promising as an adjunctive treatment for different eating disorders. Further controlled studies are needed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BMC, 2020
Keywords
Emotion-regulation; Skills; Eating disorders; Treatment
National Category
Psychiatry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-165167 (URN)10.1186/s40337-020-00289-1 (DOI)000523504800001 ()32266070 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2020-04-17 Created: 2020-04-17 Last updated: 2022-02-10
Holmqvist Larsson, K., Andersson, G., Stern, H. & Zetterqvist, M. (2020). Emotion regulation group skills training for adolescents and parents: A pilot study of an add-on treatment in a clinical setting. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 25(1), 141-155
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emotion regulation group skills training for adolescents and parents: A pilot study of an add-on treatment in a clinical setting
2020 (English)In: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, ISSN 1359-1045, E-ISSN 1461-7021, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 141-155Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Difficulties with emotion regulation have been identified as an underlying mechanism in mental health. This pilot study aimed at examining whether group skills training in emotion regulation for adolescents and parents as an add-on intervention was feasible in an outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric clinic. We also investigated if the treatment increased knowledge and awareness of emotions and their functions, increased emotion regulation skills and decreased self-reported symptoms of anxiety and depression. Six skills training groups were piloted with a total of 20 adolescents and 21 adults. The treatment consisted of five sessions dealing with psychoeducation about emotions and emotion regulation skills training. Paired-samples t test was used to compare differences between before-and-after measures for adolescents and parents separately. The primary outcome measure, Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale, showed significant improvement after treatment for both adolescents and parents. For adolescents, measures of alexithymia were significantly reduced. Also, emotional awareness was significantly increased. Measures of depression and anxiety did not change. In conclusion, group skills training as an add-on treatment can be feasible and effective but further studies are needed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2020
Keywords
Emotion regulation; skills training; adolescents; treatment; group
National Category
Applied Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-160430 (URN)10.1177/1359104519869782 (DOI)000483213500001 ()31419914 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85071517722 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-09-23 Created: 2019-09-23 Last updated: 2021-04-25Bibliographically approved
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