Thinking about internal states, a qualitative investigation into metacognitions in women with eating disorders

Vann, Alix, Strodl, Esben, & Anderson, Erin (2013) Thinking about internal states, a qualitative investigation into metacognitions in women with eating disorders. Journal of Eating Disorders, 1(22).

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There is a need for qualitative research to help develop case conceptualisations to guide the development of Metacognitive Therapy interventions for Eating Disorders.


A qualitative study informed by grounded theory methodology was conducted involving open-ended interviews with 27 women aged 18–55 years, who were seeking or receiving treatment for a diagnosed ED.


The categories identified in this study appeared to be consistent with a metacognitive model including constructs of a Cognitive Attentional Syndrome and metacognitive beliefs. These categories appear to be transdiagnostic, and the interaction between the categories is proposed to explain the maintenance of EDs.


The transdiagnostic model proposed may be useful to guide the development of future metacognitive therapy interventions for EDs with the hope that this will lead to improved outcomes for individuals with EDs.

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ID Code: 67256
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Eating Disorders, Metacognition, Qualitative
DOI: 10.1186/2050-2974-1-22
ISSN: 2050-2974
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 2013 Vann et al.
Copyright Statement: Licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Deposited On: 13 Feb 2014 02:59
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2014 02:53

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