The University of Rochester School of Nursing is seeking participants ages 18-40 with anorexia nervosa or a related eating disorder, to participate in the Reconnecting for Recovery study.
Participants and family members are invited to join a multifamily therapy group that focuses on emotions and relationships, rather than eating disorder behaviors and thoughts.
“Eating disorders are diseases of disconnection,” said Mary Tantillo, professor of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and director of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders. “Multifamily therapy group creates a ‘therapeutic village’ where people with eating disorders and their families and friends can learn and practice emotional and relational skills to foster these reconnections.”
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. Treatments for eating disorders have mainly focused on eating disorder behaviors like food restriction, compulsive over-exercise, binge eating and purging, and unhealthy eating disorder thoughts.
Instead of focusing on trying to change unhealthy thoughts and behaviors — which has not guaranteed a sustained recovery — multifamily therapy groups help the person by focusing on reconnecting with their own feelings, thoughts and relationships with others.
The study will run for 16 weeks.
For information: research.son.rochester.edu/mftg, 585-275-6629.