Factors related to advanced stages of change in a clinical sample of adolescents

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Background:The purpose of the present study was to examine the factors predicting a greater motivation to change in a clinical sample of adolescents.Method:A total of 107 adolescents participated in this research prior to beginning outpatient treatment. Participants completed a modified version of the Motivational Stages of Change for Adolescents Recovering from an ED, the Difficulties in Emotional Regulation Scale and the Behavioral Assessment System for Children–Self-Report.Results:More advanced stages of change were associated with better parent–adolescent relationships and better emotional regulation.Conclusion:Incorporating parents in treatment to enhance parent–adolescent relationships and instructing parents in emotional regulation techniques to assist the adolescent may enhance their motivation to recover.

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