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A Brief, Intensive Application of Multi-Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders

  • Author(s): Knatz, S
  • Murray, SB
  • Matheson, B
  • Boutelle, KN
  • Rockwell, R
  • Eisler, I
  • Kaye, WH
  • et al.

Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. There is a continued need to improve upon the efficacy and availability of treatments for anorexia nervosa. Family-based therapy for anorexia nervosa demonstrates strong empirical evidence; however, trained treatment providers are limited and a subsample of participants receiving the treatment fail to respond. The intensive family treatment program is a brief, time-limited, multi-family program that trains families of adolescents with eating disorders to oversee their adolescents’ recovery at home by providing psychoeducation, skills training, and immersive practice over the course of a 5-day period. This article provide a description of the program by summarizing underlying theoretical principles and key therapeutic components.

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