Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments of Bulimia Nervosa: The Role of Exposure

  • G. T. Wilson


The results of both uncontrolled and controlled studies indicate that cognitive-behavioral programs are an effective form of treatment of bulimia nervosa (Garner et al., to be published; Wilson and Smith 1987). These programs have typically been multifaceted in nature, consisting of diverse treatment strategies such as a supportive therapeutic relationship, self-monitoring, education about bulimia, nutritional counseling, cognitive restructuring, problem-solving, assertion training, relaxation training, self-control techniques, exposure and response prevention, and relapse prevention training. Neither the necessary nor the sufficient conditions for therapeutic success have been identified. Nevertheless, there are good clinical as well as theoretical grounds for thinking that systematic exposure to previously feared and avoided stimuli is important in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of bulimia nervosa.


Body Image Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Bulimia Nervosa Cognitive Restructuring 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. T. Wilson
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  1. 1.Graduate School of Applied and Professional PsychologyRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA

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