Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Menna, Rosanne,


Psychology, Clinical.



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Few studies have examined readiness and motivation for change in adolescents with eating disorders, or the effectiveness of motivational interventions in this population. Purposes. To examine the perceptions of adolescents' with eating disorders toward written descriptions of motivational and directive interventions in relation to engagement in treatment, and how these perceptions relate to adolescents' own readiness and motivation for change. To explore factors that adolescents with eating disorders identify as important in influencing engagement in therapy. Methods. Thirty-nine female adolescents recruited from eating disorder programs participated in this research. Participants were interviewed using hypothetical vignettes depicting motivational and directive interventions, and the Readiness and Motivation Interview (Geller & Drab, 1999). Participants were also asked a number of open-ended questions to explore factors they feel would be related to engaging adolescents in treatment. Results. Adolescents reported that in comparison to the directive interventions they would be significantly more likely to trust, agree on goals for therapy, have confidence in their ability to change, feel included in decisions made about their treatment, and find the interventions more helpful with the therapists in the motivational vignettes. Less ambivalence around changing eating disorder symptoms was associated with less favorable ratings of the directive vignettes. Participants generated a number of factors that they felt would influence engagement in treatment. Discussion. Implications for practice with adolescents with eating disorders will be discussed.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2003 .Z35. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 42-03, page: 1061. Adviser: Rosanne Menna. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2003.