Family Therapy

Daniel Le Grange*, Renee Rienecke Hoste

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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 familybased 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940318
ISBN (Print)9780195373622
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Adolescents
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Family-based treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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