Title

The Lighter Side of Anorexia.

Date of Award

7-21-2012

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Lynett Henderson Metzger

First Committee Member

Michael Karson

Second Committee Member

Tamara Pryor

Keywords

Humor in psychotherapy; Treatment Manual; Behavior/CBT; Diagnosis; Anorexia

Abstract

Anorexia nervosa is a disorder characterized by ego-syntonic self-starvation and is associated with impairment in functioning, emotional distress, psychiatric comorbidity, and an elevated mortality risk. Evidence-based data on treatment interventions for anorexia nervosa are scarce despite the need for more targeted and effective treatments. This paper offers an integrative model using humor as a therapeutic intervention for the treatment of anorexia nervosa. It proposes that the integration and application of humor in psychotherapy can be a powerful adjunct in treatment because it has the potential to activate change in the physiological, cognitive, emotional, and interpersonal realms negatively affected by this disorder.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Extent

72 pages

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