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Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599


The purpose of this study is to test the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a novel couple-based intervention for binge-eating disorder (BED).

Study summary:

Although current individual treatments exist for BED (e.g., cognitive-behavior therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy) about 20% of individuals who complete treatment and who are abstinent from binge eating post-treatment relapse within one year. In addition, dropout of BED treatment is high (approximately 10 - 33%), indicating that a significant number of individuals with BED fail to achieve relief from their symptoms. Couple-based interventions, which enlist the support of a partner into the treatment setting, are effective for treating anxiety and depression--frequently comorbid conditions with BED. Preliminary findings of couple-based treatment for anorexia nervosa suggests it assists in reducing drop out and improving outcome. Thus, the investigators developed a novel couple-based intervention for adult BED (UNITE-BED Edition) and plan to investigate it in an open treatment trial to examine it's feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy. Both patients and partners will be involved in all psychotherapy sessions of the treatment. Couples' progress will be followed for three months after completion of active treatment.


Inclusion Criteria: Participant with BED: 1. Subject currently meets criteria for BED or sub-threshold symptoms, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th Ed) 2. Concurrent outpatient therapy and medical monitoring 3. Health insurance coverage Both members of the couple: 1. English speaking and able to read 2. Involved in a committed relationship for at least 6 months regardless of sexual orientation (couple is not required to live together) 3. Willing to participate in treatment Exclusion Criteria: Participant with BED: 1) Post-bariatric Both members of the couple: 1. Alcohol or drug dependence in the last year 2. Current significant suicidal ideation 3. Severe depression that would seriously interfere with functional capacity 4. Developmental disability that would impair the ability to benefit from intervention 5. Any psychosis, schizophrenia, or bipolar I disorder, unless stably remitted on maintenance therapy for at least 1 year 6. Moderate to high levels of physical violence from either partner as reported on the Conflict Tactics Scale-2 at pre-treatment 7. Unwillingness to forgo non-protocol concurrent couples therapy 8. Previously participated in the preliminary couples treatment study UCAN: Uniting Couples (in the treatment of) Anorexia Nervosa (NCT01740752)



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Cristin D Runfola, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Location Contact:

Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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