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Controversies and Questions in Current Evaluation, Treatment, and Research Related to Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders

James Lock

in The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195373622
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195373622.013.0005

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Controversies and Questions in Current Evaluation, Treatment, and Research Related to Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders

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This chapter addresses specific diagnostic, treatment, and research issues related to child and adolescent eating disorders. Current diagnostic formulations are inadequate for diagnosing eating disorders such as selective eating, food avoidance emotional disorders, and food phobias in children. Classification schemes for anorexia and bulimia nervosa are not developmentally sensitive, leading to overuse of “eating disorder not otherwise specified” as a diagnosis. Treatment studies in children and adolescents are few; however, those available suggest that certain guidelines are generally applicable. Adolescents with eating disorders should be treated as early as possible in an outpatient setting utilizing parents as resources. Medications, if used, should address comorbid conditions. Data hopefully forthcoming in the next 5 to 10 years will shed light on how best to classify and treat these disorders. Future research should integrate neuropsychological and neurofunctional findings related to brain development, cognitive functioning, and eating disorder symptom development in this age group.

Keywords: adolescents; anorexia nervosa; children; family therapy; treatment

Article.  18089 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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