Family-Based Therapy for Adolescent Anorexia: The Nuts and Bolts of Empowering Families to Renourish Their Children
Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick
Pages 267-276 (10)
Family-based therapy or “Maudsley” has increasing evidence for its efficacy in the treatment of child and adolescent eating disorders. Available in manualized form, widely available, and supported by an ever-increasing research literature, the application of this outpatient treatment continues to be challenging for many front-line clinicians and is a fairly significant departure from previous treatment methods. The current article explores the research supporting this methodology and the iterations of this treatment, such as the use of multi-family groups, parent support groups or with non-psychiatric comorbidities. Further clinical guidance is provided to assist the clinician in identifying tips, strategies and techniques for success in implementation of these skills with families.
Family therapy, anorexia, eating disorder, Maudsley, adolescents, renourishment, outpatient treatment, front-line clinicians, non-psychiatric comorbidities, FBT
Stanford University/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 401 Quarry Road, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.