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Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2019 Jun;42(2):193-204. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2019.01.004. Epub 2019 Apr 3.

Family-based Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Narrative Review.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, 401 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA.
2
School of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1000 River Road (T-WH1-01), Teaneck, NJ 07666, USA.
3
Eating Disorders Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, 401 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA; The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. Electronic address: Daniel.LeGrange@ucsf.edu.

Abstract

Eating disorders (EDs) are serious psychiatric illnesses that typically develop during adolescence or young adulthood, indicating that individuals with EDs may benefit from early intervention. Family-based treatment is the leading treatment of youth with anorexia nervosa, with increasing evidence of its efficacy for youth with bulimia nervosa. This review describes the role of family engagement within family-based treatment of EDs, followed by a summary of current empirically supported, family-based ED interventions. It concludes with discussion of the ways in which family interventions are expanding and adapting to improve the breadth and scope of ED treatment in adolescence and young adulthood.

KEYWORDS:

Anorexia nervosa; Bulimia nervosa; Eating disorders; Family intervention; Family-based treatment

PMID:
31046922
DOI:
10.1016/j.psc.2019.01.004

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