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The Effects of Written Emotional Disclosure on Eating Disorder Pathology in a Clinical Eating Disordered Population

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified September 2008 by Penn State University.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
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First received: October 3, 2008
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2008
History: No changes posted
A technique that has been found to be effective at relieving the physical and psychological symptoms associated with inhibiting emotions and emotional thoughts is written emotional disclosure. The goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of written emotional disclosure on the remediation of eating disorder behaviour, cognitions, and management of emotions.

Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa
Eating Disorder

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Study of the Efficacy of Written Emotional Disclosure on Eating Disorder Pathology

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Further study details as provided by Penn State University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Testing and behavioral changes [ Time Frame: 6-weeks ]

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: November 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Written disclosure
Participant is assigned a potential stress-producing topic for written disclosure.
Control group
Participant assigned a non-stressful writing condition.


Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years to 50 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients in the Penn State Hershey Adolescentand Adult Eating Disorders Partial Hospitalization Program

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Willing to sign consent form

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unwilling to sign consent form
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00766558

Contact: Richard L Levine, MD 7175318006
Contact: Martha P Levine, MD 7175317232

United States, Pennsylvania
Penn State College of Medicine Not yet recruiting
Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, 17033
Principal Investigator: Richard L Levine, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Penn State University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Penn State College of Medicine IRBs A, B, C and D, Kevin Gleeson, MD Identifier: NCT00766558     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 28860
Study First Received: October 3, 2008
Last Updated: October 3, 2008

Keywords provided by Penn State University:
eating disorder not otherwise specified

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Feeding and Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa
Pathologic Processes
Mental Disorders
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Signs and Symptoms
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