Western Sydney University

Sibling Experiences of the Maudsley and Family Based Therapy for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa: A Qualitative Study

Chief InvestigatorClosing Date
Dr Janet Conti2 Dec, 2022
Chief InvestigatorDr Janet Conti
Closing Date2 Dec, 2022

About the research trial

The Maudsley family therapy approach has emerged as one of the few interventions for adolescent anorexia nervosa that has claimed to have ‘demonstrated efficacy and excellent outcomes' (Rhodes, Gosbee, Madden, & Brown, 2005, p. 393). This proposed research study is an in-depth qualitative exploration into some of the experiences and ways that siblings negotiate their identities in the context of this treatment intervention for anorexia nervosa. Siblings and will be asked to participate in a semi-structured interview (of 60 minutes) during which time they will be asked about their experiences, ways they ascribed meaning and negotiated their identities, in the context of the Maudsley family therapy intervention for anorexia nervosa. Enquiry will also be made into what these participants found to be most and least helpful about the Maudsley family therapy intervention and their ideas on potential ways to tailor family interventions to their needs and preferences, which is one pillar of evidence-based practice (Sackett, Rosenberg, Muir Gray, Haynes, & Richardson, 1996). There has also been a paucity of research that qualitatively enquires into the siblings experiences of this treatment intervention, not only for those for whom it does “not work” but also for those for whom it seems to “work” outside of researcher selected terms such as weight gain and return of menses. This study seeks to address this gap in the current body of research.

Recruitment details

Siblings will be asked to share their thoughts and experiences of their involvement with Maudsley family-based therapy as a sister/brother of their sibling who has experienced anorexia nervosa. Participation in this study involves the interviews being audiotaped and typed up so that we can look at and try to understand their experiences in more detail. The interviews will take approximately 60 minutes in total.