Engaging Clients in Eating Disorder Treatment: Reducing Dropout


Social Work

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Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper


Michael Chovanec


The purpose of this study was to explore how to successfully engage clients in eating disorder treatment and reduce dropout. This study collected qualitative data from five female therapists and one male therapists working in outpatient settings with individuals with eating disorders. Qualitative interviews were conducted over a period of two weeks. Interviews were audio recorded to assist in data analysis. The strongest themes found in this study were low dropout, anorexia has the highest dropout rate, and educating the family. Themes that coincided with the literature included participants having no experience asking clients to leave treatment and providing family support. Social work implications were also discussed. Given the high mortality rate with this population, it is important that we continue to research this issue with the hope of reducing dropout.


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