Parental marital satisfaction in a family-based partial hospitalization program

Renee Dawn Rienecke*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In family-based treatment, parents are initially put in charge of the weight restoration process, requiring parents to work closely together to help their child recover, possibly putting a strain on the marital relationship. The purpose of the current study was to examine marital satisfaction in families before and after treatment in a family-based program and to determine whether marital satisfaction is related to patient outcome. Parents of 53 adolescent patients participated in the study. Almost half of mothers and a third of fathers reported a decrease in marital satisfaction over the course of treatment. Descriptive analyses revealed that patients whose parents reported a decrease in marital satisfaction scored worse on a measure of eating disorder psychopathology. Further research is needed to determine the direction of causality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-148
Number of pages6
JournalEating Disorders
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 4 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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