The impact of emotions and their relationship to self-efficacy are clearly important to consider in the context of family therapies for eating disorders. When caregivers experience intense emotions (e.g. fear), they lose access to their caring instincts, acquired knowledge, and competence learned.
Parental guilt similarly seems to rob their ability to effectively engage in recovery tasks.
An eating disorder emerge from a long history of parental guilt, and although the cause of the disease is not the parent’s responsibility, many blame themselves for causing the disease and not seeking immediate help.
Fear and self-blame are separate but related processes that negatively influence caregivers’ ability to help.
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