Date of Award

7-24-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Michael S. Christopher, Ph.D.

Abstract

The consequences of binge eating can be both physically and emotionally detrimental. Empirically supported approaches for the treatment of binge eating disorder (BED) exist, however, they may not be effective for all clients and alternative approaches may be necessary. Mindfulness-based methods for the treatment of eating disorders have been gaining empirical support and may be an alternative approach that merits attention. This study describes the use of a mindfulness-based treatment for a client with BED. Post-treatment data did not indicate a reduction in binge eating, increased levels of mindfulness or an increase in general life satisfaction. Possible explanations for these findings are explored.

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