The Role of Families in the Treatment of Eating Disorders in Adolescents:an Analysis of Family-Based Models

Eating disorders indicate a significant degree of psychological impairment among adolescents. In addition, family members of relatives with eating disorders experience difficulties that result in high levels of distress. This paper presents a general overview of the theoretical and research literature that explores family therapy for the treatment of eating disorders in adolescents as well as the Adlerian perspective and treatment of eating disorders. Family-based treatment models specifically designed and recommended for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa along with treatment models sufficient for all of the eating disorders will be discussed. These treatment models offer guidance and support to reduce eating disorder symptoms in the adolescent, and to promote positive communication and relational skills within the family system.

Nicole M. Gibbons
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