Incorporating Social Support in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa: Special Considerations for Older Adolescents and Young Adults

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Abstract

Currently, research support is strongest for family-based treatment (FBT) for the treatment of anorexia nervosa (AN) in adolescents. However, a strong evidence base for treatments for older adolescents and young adults with AN is lacking. Emphasizing social support in the treatment of AN may be beneficial for older adolescents and young adults with AN. This paper provides a brief review of the literature on FBT for adolescent AN and provides a case example of adolescent AN treated with FBT. We then discuss novel treatments that have incorporated social support for older adolescents and young adults with AN, such as modified FBT and couple-based interventions. We provide case studies of each of these novel treatment approaches as well. Additionally, this paper highlights and discusses developmental considerations and challenges in working with older adolescents and young adults with AN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-328
Number of pages13
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • anorexia nervosa
  • cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • eating disorders
  • treatment

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