Can the addition of metacognitive training (MCT) to treatment as usual improve treatment outcomes for adolescents with anorexia nervosa?

About this study

The aim of this research is to see whether metacognitive training (MCT) is a helpful addition to existing treatment. Because little research has studied the use of MCT in people with eating disorders, we want feedback from those that have participated in this training program. Specifically, we want to know what you think about it, what you like or do not like about it, and what is helpful or unhelpful to you. This information will help us understand whether this training program can be potentially helpful to people with an eating disorder.

Research TeamDr Ryan Balzan, Professor Tracey Wade
InstitutionFlinders University
Ethics Approval NumberHREC/19/WCHN/107
Funding SourceChannel 7 Children’s Research Foundation
Project Start DateJune 1, 2020
Project End DateOctober 31, 2022
ParticipantsParticipants are to be aged between 14 and 17 years and have a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa (including atypical).
What is InvolvedMCT is a brief one-on-one training programme that encourages people to ‘think about their thinking’. The MCT programme for eating disorders will be conducted online and is spread over four modules (two are approximately 30-minutes long and two are approximately 60-minutes long), which will cover some common thinking errors and strategies to reduce them.

There will be two groups in this study - you will be randomly (i.e., like flipping a coin) allocated to one of them. Only one of the groups contains the MCT programme, whereas the other group provides the same treatment as if the study did not take place (‘Wait List group’).

If you are in the ‘MCT group’, you will participate in four ‘face-to-face’ video-chat sessions conducted online with a researcher who will walk you through some PowerPoint slides where you will learn about some interesting psychology facts and complete some ‘thinking exercises’.

To understand whether the MCT training was helpful to you, you will also be asked to complete some questionnaires which will ask you to rate how much do you agree with some statements such as “the MCT sessions were useful and sensible”. You will do these questionnaires immediately after completing the final module and at 3-months after the start of your study
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