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Eat Weight Disord. 2003 Sep;8(3):242-8.

Adolescents and eating disorders: an examination of a day treatment program.

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  • 1Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, North Shore University Hospital, New York University School of Medicine, Manhasset, USA. IDancyge@nshs.edu



In this study, we report on our day treatment program (DTP) for adolescents and young adults with eating disorders (EDs).


Data for the 82 female patients in DTP were examined, compared across ED diagnosis and by age (adolescents vs. young adults). At admission, patients completed the Eating Disorder Inventory-2 (EDI-2) and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale- II (FACES-II).


Forty-nine percent of patients successfully completed the day program and 13% required hospitalization following day treatment. Overall, there were no significant differences between the adolescents and adults at discharge of the day program.


With shortened inpatient (IP) hospitalizations, DTPs can provide the long-term care required by many adolescent patients for psychological and physical recovery. This may be particularly important for the development of children and adolescents.

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