Family therapy for eating disorders

Daniel Le Grange, Renee Dawn Rienecke

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Family therapy is increasingly recommended as the treatment of choice for eating disorders 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 then reinforced and expanded on by researchers at the Maudsley Hospital in London, UK, and in the United States and Australia. Data supporting the efficacy of family therapy for adolescent anorexia nervosa has been solidified, while family-based approaches in the treatment of adolescents with bulimia nervosa showpromise. 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, or transition age youth, with anorexia nervosaand bulimia nervosa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780190620998
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Adolescent
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Eating disorder
  • Family-based treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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