The Lighter Side of Anorexia.
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Lynett Henderson Metzger
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Humor in psychotherapy; Treatment Manual; Behavior/CBT; Diagnosis; Anorexia
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.
Silva, Jennifer Marie, "The Lighter Side of Anorexia." (2012). Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 109.