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Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa
A Family-Based Approach
by James Lock, Daniel le Grange, W. Stewart Agras, and Christopher Dare

This practical manual offers a step-by-step guide to the treatment of anorexia nervosa in adolescents.

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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.

"This book--the first specific manualized approach available--is highly recommended for all professionals engaged in work with adolescents suffering from anorexia nervosa."
-Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

"This work was designed to be most valuable to psychotherapists, and it succeeds well in this mission."
-Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

"During the past decade, progress in the mental health sciences has been reflected in the increasing refinement of empirically based treatment techniques that can be manualized for general application. This book is a fine example of this type of progress, which has been exciting to witness....The authors manage to compress detailed instruction and rich, relevant case material into a powerful volume that delights by its erudition and persuasiveness."
-Hans Steiner, MD

"This book is an important addition to the literature on the treatment of anorexia nervosa. It provides an authoritative and detailed description of the 'Maudsley approach,' the leading family-based treatment for adolescents with anorexia nervosa....Will be an invaluable resource for clinicians for years to come."
-Christopher G. Fairburn, DM, FRCPsych

"Family-based treatment is one of the few demonstrably effective interventions for anorexia nervosa. This treatment manual clearly explains the development of this approach and, even more important, provides a detailed description of how it can be implemented."
-B. Timothy Walsh, MD


Child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, family therapists, and others working with patients with eating disorders.

270 Pages Size: 6" x 9"


1. Introduction and Background Information on Anorexia Nervosa
2. Family Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa
3. Phase I: Initial Evaluation and Setting Up Treatment
4. Session 1: The First Face-to-Face Meeting
5. Session 1 in Action
6. Session 2: The Family Meal
7. Session 2 in Action
8. The Remainder of Phase I (Sessions 3-10)
9. Session 8 in Action
10. Beginning Phase II: Helping the Adolescent Eat on Her Own (Sessions 11-16)
11. Phase II in Action
12. Starting Phase III: Adolescent Issues (Sessions 17-20)
13. Phase III in Action
14. Summary of a Completed Case

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