Can metacognitive training improve treatment outcomes for adolescents with anorexia nervosa? A pilot randomised controlled trial

Chief Investigator:

Dr Ryan Balzan [Early Career Researcher]

Funding Amount:

$ 31,198


Flinders University


Anorexia nervosa is serious mental illness that has a substantial harmful effect on psychological, physical and social functioning. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of this eating disorder, with a mortality rate that is up to 12-times higher than adult patients. However, it is very difficult to treat, and over 30% of adolescents with anorexia nervosa do not recover. This project will be the first study to investigate the effectiveness of metacognitive training, a novel psychological treatment for eating disorders. This program has the potential to improve treatment outcomes for adolescents with anorexia nervosa, and ultimately save lives.

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