Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Family and Consumer Sciences

First Advisor

Caroline Webber

Second Advisor

Elaine Phillips


A qualitative-type study was done in which residents of a residential eating disorder facility were interviewed about their eating disorder and daily life in the treatment center. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics uses the Nutrition Care Process which includes Intervention amongst its four steps. This study will look at the intervention of nutrition education and counseling on these residents and relate it back to Social Learning theory.

Eight residents agreed to the study. All participants were female, and ages ranged from 18-38 with an average age of 24.75. The registered dietitian serving the residents was also interviewed. Interviews were semi-structured open answer questions covering topics from a typical day at the facility, meals and snacks, events leading up to the stay, and one’s relationship with food. In addition, the registered dietitian was asked how the residents are prepared for entering the real world after treatment.

Residents at this facility showed motivation to recover and improve their relationship with food. This was expected because most residents were at the facility by choice. The long term outcome of residential treatment was not investigated; however this study lays the ground work for a great deal of further research.


There is a Powerpoint presentation accompanying the thesis.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access