To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a novel systemic cognitive behavior therapy-based intervention for carers of people with anorexia nervosa (AN). The intervention provides information and promotes skills development in managing the illness. Carers were also offered professional support.
Twenty-seven carers were recruited. Outcomes measuring carer distress, experience of care-giving, level of expressed emotion and problem solving were measured pre- and post-intervention and at follow-up. Carers also gave feedback.
There was a significant reduction in carers’ anxiety and depression, negative experiences of caregiving and expressed emotion and a significant increase in positive experiences in caregiving after the intervention. Most improvements were maintained at follow-up. The intervention was well received.
The results of this pilot study indicate that the intervention is acceptable to carers and may have a positive impact on carers’ mental health and experience of care-giving. Further investigation of the intervention is warranted. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2010)