Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa: A Family-based Approach

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Guilford Press, 2001 - Medical - 270 pages
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This practical manual offers a step-by-step guide to the treatment of anorexia nervosa in adolescents. Unique in its focus on mobilizing parents and siblings as a resource in treatment, the approach is ideal for short-term treatment and has demonstrated effectiveness in controlled clinical trials. Intervention is divided into three clearly defined phases. Using such innovative methods as a family meal, the clinician first learns strategies for helping families gain immediate control over the adolescent's eating behaviors. Once the patient accepts parental demands to eat, related family problems are addressed in the second phase. The third and final phase of treatment aims toward getting adolescent development back on track and establishing family relationships that do not revolve around the eating disorder. Featuring detailed guidelines for conducting each family session, the manual is illustrated with extensive clinical transcripts and vignettes.

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James Lock, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the chief of psychiatric inpatient services at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

Daniel Le Grange, PhD, is the Benioff UCSF Professor in Children's Health in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Joint Director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of California, San Francisco.

W. Stewart Agras, MD, is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Christopher Dare, MD, is a Reader in Psychotherapy and Head of the Section of Psychotherapy at the Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, at the Maudsley Hospital in London. He is also Consultant Psychiatrist to the Adolescent Eating Disorder Clinic, South London, and Maudsley NHS Trust.

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