Motivational stage of change in young patients undergoing day treatment for eating disorders

Lisa A. Bustin, Susan E. Lane-Loney, Christopher S. Hollenbeak, Rollyn M. Ornstein

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Background: The objective was to determine whether motivation to change is significantly altered over the course of partial hospitalization in children and adolescents with eating disorders (EDs). Method: This study was a retrospective chart review of 30 sets of adolescents and their parents who completed the Motivational Stage of Change for Adolescents Recovering from an Eating Disorder (MSCARED) at both intake and discharge from partial hospitalization. The main outcome variables included change in stage of change (SOC) for patients and their parents. Secondary outcomes included correlations between SOC and other baseline variables, as well as changes in SOC and psychological test scores. Results: The SOC was significantly higher at discharge than at intake in both the patients and parents, but the two groups were not in agreement at discharge. The change in the SOC was correlated with change in Children ' s Eating Attitudes Test scores. Assessment of decisional balance showed correlations with SOC. Age, change in weight, and psychiatric diagnoses did not correlate with initial SOC. Conclusion: The MSCARED may be a useful tool for monitoring young ED patients ' psychological improvements with day treatment. Initial SOC is not predictive of treatment outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-156
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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