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The impact of informed touch on interoceptive awareness and binge/purge frequency among women with chronic bulimia.

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  • Author(s): Eichhorn, Nancy Elizabeth. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, US
  • Source:
    Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, Vol 75(3-B)(E), 2014.
  • Publisher:
    US : ProQuest Information & Learning
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    Dissertation Abstract
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    • Other Journal Titles:
      Dissertation Abstracts International
    • ISSN:
      0419-4217 (Print)
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    • Keywords:
      interoceptive awareness, binge/purge frequency, binge/purge cycles, chronic bulimia
    • Abstract:
      Women with bulimia nervosa purging type (BNPT) who fail to achieve lasting remission with therapeutic intervention may experience binge/purge cycles for the rest of their lives. Current research suggests that touch interventions may influence physiological mechanisms underlying vagus nerve activity, which in turn may affect appraisal of internal sensations associated with hunger or fullness resulting in binge/purge cycles. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine whether an intervention using Informed Touch (IT) would increase interoceptive awareness and decrease binge/purge behavior in women with chronic BNPT. Participants solicited from the community-at-large were randomly assigned to either an IT intervention group or a control group. Interoceptive awareness was measured using the Interoceptive Deficits subscale on the Eating Disorders Inventory-3. Binge/purge frequency was assessed through self-reported records of participant behavior. Data was collected pre-, during, and post-treatment and analyzed using repeated measures mixed analysis of variance and nonparametric procedures. Partial Eta Squared results for the intervention effect indicated a large effect size on frequency of binge eating (.38) and a medium to large effect size on purging frequency (.22) (Cohen, 1988). ANOVA results indicate significant impacts on Binge Frequency (p= .03) at Week 6, and no statistically significant impact on Interoceptive Awareness (p= .63) and Purging Frequency (p=.66). (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
    • Dissertation Details:
      UMI Order Number: AAI3603765
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    • PsycINFO Classification:
      General Psychology (2100)
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    • Methodology:
      Empirical Study; Quantitative Study
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