Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

Family Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa and Reconstituted Families

Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

Family Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa and Reconstituted Families

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Author(s): Richard Litster[sup.1], Tania Withington[sup.1] and Salvatore Catania[sup.1]

Children's Health Queensland, Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CHQ CYMHS) Family Based Eating Disorder Clinic is staffed by a multidisciplinary team trained in Family Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa (FBT-AN). A diverse range of families present to the clinic for treatment, including families where parents have separated and re-partnered to form reconstituted family groups with shared parenting arrangements. This is an increasingly common presentation to the Clinic regardless of child age, and presents unique challenges in the context of the Family Based Treatment Model. Whilst the Family Based Treatment Model does not focus on family etiological factors, the family unit is viewed as a crucial tool in facilitating recovery from Anorexia Nervosa and central to treatment strategies. …

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