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Eight patients with bulimia nervosa were treated using purely behavioral techniques in the absence of explicit cognitive procedures. All were systematically assessed before and after treatment; seven were reassessed at a 1‐year follow‐up. As a group, they showed substantial improvement in terms of eating habits, a global index of specific psychopathology, and mental state. These changes were comparable to those previously obtained in an Oxford sample of patients using a cognitive behavioral treatment. These findings raise the question as to whether cognitive procedures are necessary to produce change in patients with bulimia nervosa. Copyright © 1989 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company

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International Journal of Eating Disorders

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87 - 92