Family Therapy

Daniel Le Grange and Renee Rienecke Hoste

in The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195373622
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940318 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Family Therapy

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Family therapy is increasingly recommended as the treatment of choice for eating disorders (EDs) among adolescents. The shift from blaming parents for causing an ED to seeing them as a necessary part of the recovery process was set in motion by Salvador Minuchin and colleagues and has been reinforced and expanded upon by researchers at the Maudsley Hospital in London and in the United States. Data supporting the efficacy of family-based treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa (AN) continues to accumulate, while family-based approaches are beginning to be tested in the treatment of adolescents with bulimia nervosa (BN). Further research is needed to replicate the findings of existing studies and to further clarify the utility of parental involvement in the treatment of older adolescents and young adults with AN and BN.

Keywords: adolescents; anorexia nervosa; bulimia nervosa; family-based treatment

Article.  9702 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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