Adolescent eating disorders: Treatment and response in a naturalistic study

Heather Thompson-Brenner*, Christina Lynn Boisseau, Dana A. Satir

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This naturalistic study investigated the treatment and outcome of adolescents with eating disorders (EDs) in the community. Clinicians from a practice-research network provided data on ED symptoms, global functioning, comorbidity, treatment, and outcome for 120 adolescents with EDs. ED "not otherwise specified" was the most common ED diagnosed. After an average of 8 months of treatment, about one third of patients had recovered, with patients with anorexia nervosa showing the most improvement. Clinicians utilized a range of psychotherapy interventions and two thirds of the patients had received adjunct psychoactive medication. Although CBT showed the strongest association with outcome in a subsample characterized by poor relational/personality functioning, dynamic therapy was associated with better global outcome in the overall sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-301
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • Adolescent
  • Eating disorder
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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