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Developmental Considerations When Treating Anorexia Nervosa in Adolescents and Young Adults

Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick

in The Oxford Handbook of Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders: Developmental Perspectives

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199744459
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199744459.013.0014

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Developmental Considerations When Treating Anorexia Nervosa in Adolescents and Young Adults

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Anorexia nervosa (AN) most often presents in adolescence and young adulthood. Studies suggest that recovery from AN is also most likely to occur during this period, making this a critical time for understanding issues of treatment and relapse prevention in this age group. In addition to disease-specific features of illness onset and recovery, adolescence and young adulthood are marked by significant changes in physiology, cognition, and social/independence behaviors that form important considerations when conceptualizing treatment. Conceptualization of these changes across adolescence and their relationship to both individual and family-based treatment modalities for AN, as well as parent collateral sessions, are discussed.

Keywords: Anorexia nervosa; family-based therapy; individual therapy; social cognition; adolescence; development; puberty; independence; autonomy; individuation

Article.  20380 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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