Changes in the sense of agency : Implications for the psychotherapy of bulimia nervosa- A case study

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Kristmannsdottir , G , Keski-Rahkonen , A & Kuusinen , K-L 2019 , ' Changes in the sense of agency : Implications for the psychotherapy of bulimia nervosa- A case study ' , Journal of Clinical Psychology , vol. 75 , no. 8 , pp. 1415-1428 . https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22787

Title: Changes in the sense of agency : Implications for the psychotherapy of bulimia nervosa- A case study
Author: Kristmannsdottir, Gudrun; Keski-Rahkonen, Anna; Kuusinen, Kirsti-Liisa
Contributor organization: Department of Public Health
Anna Keski-Rahkonen / Principal Investigator
University Management
University of Helsinki
Date: 2019-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Journal of Clinical Psychology
ISSN: 0021-9762
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22787
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/312913
Abstract: A sense of agency is a transtheoretical concept that increases our understanding of important processes in psychotherapy. Agency can be described in terms of how strongly the person believes that she can have an impact on her problematic experiences and behaviors. In this case study, a patient's sense of agency in relation to symptoms of bulimia nervosa was assessed during 3 years of psychotherapy. Five distinct phases of agency in relation to eating disorder symptoms were identified: A false sense of agency or no agency at all, a weak sense of agency, a nascent sense of agency, a wavering sense of agency, and a strong sense of agency. A better understanding of patient agency can facilitate adapting approaches and methods best suited for the patient's capacity for change throughout treatment.
Subject: agency
bulimia nervosa
eating disorder
psychotherapy
EATING-DISORDERS
MODEL
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515 Psychology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: draft


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