Comparison Of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy And Family Therapy

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Discussion In terms of recovery and recovery maintenance, Family Therapy seems to be the more suitable recovery strategy compared to Individual Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; when Individual Therapy and Cognitive Therapy are compared, there appears to be no significant difference in outcomes and recovery rates between these two treatments. However, when the two recovery strategies are compared in terms of their relapse rates, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy transcends over Individual Therapy; Pike et al. maintain that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is effective in relapse prevention (2048). This may be due to differences in the central ideologies of each treatment; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on cognitive restructuring; …show more content…
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy results in decreased relapse rates compared to Individual Therapy due to its focus on rehabilitating cognitive structures which affect the patient’s long term recovery; whereas Individual Therapy focuses on the weight of the patient therefore it is a short term oriented recovery strategy. Family Therapy is the most successful recovery strategy for individuals with Anorexia Nervosa; it has been observed that patients have a greater improvement in EDI scores than patients participating in other recovery strategies as Family Therapy addresses the seven key dimensions of Anorexia Nervosa evaluated for in the EDI. Bean et al. argue that Family Therapy provides the patient with “a better chance at success in recovery” (81). This may be due to the age group in which anorexia nervosa is prevalent in; Bezance et al. state that the majority of patients are in the age range of 15-19 years old (352). The key difference between Family Therapy and the other two recovery strategies may be the large role the parents assume; Bean et al. claim that parental involvement is a …show more content…
Through the investigation of three out patient recovery strategies, it has been determined that Family Therapy is the most beneficial treatment -in terms of recovery and relapse rates -followed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Individual Therapy. The key features that made Family Therapy the most efficacious recovery strategy was its emphasis on parental involvement and rehabilitating the cognitive structures of the patient with respect to the seven dimensions of Anorexia. By incorporating the parents in the recovery strategy, all of the dimensions of the EDI have the potential to be addressed during phase three of Family Therapy wherein the psychosocial development is imminent and family issues are considered. Furthermore, by establishing a mutual support relationship between the patient and the parents, the family issues correlated with the dimensions of Anorexia Nervosa can be thoroughly discussed, and strategies to reduce the impact on Anorexic symptoms can be made to foster

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