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Oxford Handbooks offer authoritative and up-to-date reviews of original research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned chapters from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates, as well as a foundation for future research. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

A rich source of authoritative content that supports reading and study in the field, The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders reviews current research and clinical developments through synthetic chapters written by experts from various fields of study and clinical backgrounds. Epidemiologic studies suggest that eating disorders are not only common but have increased in prevalence in recent decades, and this handbook refines and updates the state of research. The book is divided into four sections: phenomenology and epidemiology of the eating disorders, approaches to understanding the disorders, assessment and comorbidities of the disorders, and prevention and treatment. The first section deals with classification and epidemiology of the disorders, considerations for revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and the somewhat neglected topic of eating disorders in childhood and early adolescence. The second section describes research basic to understanding the eating disorders and addresses biological factors, psychosocial risk factors, cultural factors, and the effects of behaviors such as dieting and eating and weight concerns in the genesis of the eating disorders. The third section describes assessment of the eating disorders, medical and psychological comorbidities, and medical management. The final section deals with various treatment modalities that have been found successful, including psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic approaches; an overview of evidence-based treatment for the eating disorders; and a consideration of what we know about cost-effectiveness of existing treatments.

The multiple perspectives and breadth of scope offered by The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders make it an invaluable resource for clinicians, researchers, and educators, as well as scholars and students.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Treating eating disorders requires specialty training and is not in the usual repertoire of clinical skills of mental health professionals. This book provides information about eating disorders and their treatment.
Purpose: The aim is to help clinicians better understand specific aspects of eating disorders, the medical and sociological context that surrounds these psychological disorders, and empirically supported treatments.
Audience: This book is intended for mental health professionals engaged in the delivery of services to individuals with eating disorders. The editor and contributing authors are well versed in this area.
Features: The first of the four main sections covers nosology and epidemiology and is a thoughtful review of the diagnostic considerations for eating disorders, including overlap between disorders and suggested revisions for DSM-V. The second section delves into specific aspects of the disorders from a variety of perspectives, including psychological, biological, genetic, and sociocultural. Readers will find discussions of conflicting findings in the literature, as well as attempts to reconcile these differences and direct the field in future endeavors. The third section offers useful tips and tools for evaluating eating disorders, but these are actually contained in one diminutive chapter that should be expanded substantially in the next edition. The remainder of the section is focused on assessing for medical and psychological comorbidities. The authors are to be applauded for starting the final section on treatment with a chapter on prevention. Specific treatment modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy, are reviewed with an eye toward the empirical literature. Nevertheless, this section is not merely a review of the literature, but also a discussion of the problems with disseminating the research and implementing a change in therapy approaches. There are tables with activities and assignments for therapy, as well as sample dialogues. The section ends with a review of pharmacological treatments for eating disorders. All chapters are well organized with an abstract, subheadings, conclusions, and future directions. More tables and figures would help the readability of the text, but the references are current and the information pertinent.
Assessment: This is an excellent overview of the state of the science in terms of understanding and treating eating disorders. Given that eating disorders are not a part of mainstream training for clinicians, this book is essential reading for anyone involved in the competent delivery of services to individuals with eating disorders.
From the Publisher
"This excellent volume is comprised of concise reviews authored by recognized experts covering virtually all important topics relevant to the assessment and care of individuals with eating disorders. It would be a timely and important addition to the library of any professional dealing with such patients."
B. Timothy Walsh, Professor of Psychiatry, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute

"Dr. Agras has given us a remarkable volume, integrating an extensive body of acquired knowledge and emerging concepts regarding the eating disorders. The chapters reflect numerous bodies of empirical literature, are rich in detail, and summarize state of the art clinical approaches to the problems of disordered eating. As such, the Handbook will be an extraordinary resource for both practitioners and scientists."
Michael Strober, Franklin Mint Endowed Professor of Eating Disorders, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

"A comprehensive and up to date review of the field by internationally known experts. This volume provides detailed and thorough discussions of all the key topics in the study of eating disorders."
Zafra Cooper, Principal Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry, Oxford University Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital

"This volume is an outstanding resource for clinicians, researchers, teachers, and students in the field of eating disorders. Comprehensive coverage of topics spanning diagnosis, phenomenology and epidemiology, risk factors and development, and prevention and treatment approaches is provided by leading experts. This volume is masterfully edited by one of the field's leading scholars."
Carlos M. Grilo, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Yale University School of Medicine; Director of Yale Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research

"This is an excellent overview of the state of the science in terms of understanding and treating eating disorders. Given that eating disorders are not a part of mainstream training for clinicians, this book is essential reading for anyone involved in the competent delivery of services to individuals with eating disorders." —Doody's

"Nearly all chapters are authored by recognized experts in their fields. The chapters are divided into four well-organized sections...The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders is an excellent contribution to the eating disorders literature. It includes diverse topics that are not often addressed within the same volume. It is well written by experts in the field, well organized, and easy to read. The chapters are unusually comprehensive and provide definitive reviews on many important topics...It will be a welcome addition to the library of graduate students, researchers, and clinicians who want to stay up to date with the growing literature on eating disorder research." —PsycCRITIQUES

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195373622
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Series: Oxford Library of Psychology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Stewart Agras is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford School of Medicine. The author of numerous books on eating disorders, he founded the Eating Disorders treatment program at Stanford University and was founding President of the Society for Behavioral Medicine.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview
W. Stewart Agras

Part One: Phenomenology and Epidemiology

2. The Classification of Eating Disorders
Kathryn H. Gordon, Jill M. Holm-Denoma, Ross D. Crosby, and Stephen A. Wonderlich

3. Controversies and Questions in Current Evaluation, Treatment, and Research Related to Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders
James Lock

4. Proposed Syndromes and DSM-V
Kelly C. Allison and Jennifer D. Lundgren

5. Epidemiology and Course of Eating Disorders
Pamela K. Keel

Part Two: Approaches to Understanding the Eating Disorders

6. Appetitive Regulation in AN and BN
Walter H. Kaye and Tyson Oberndorfer

7. Genetic Influences on Eating and the Eating Disorders
Tracey D. Wade

8. Psychosocial Risk Factors for Eating Disorders
Corinna Jacobi and Eike Fittig

9. Development of Child Taste and Food Preferences: The Role of Exposure
Myles S. Faith

10. Dieting and the Eating Disorders
Eric Stice and Katherine Presnell

11. Mood, Emotions, and Eating Disorders
Claus Vögele and E. Leigh Gibson

12. Eating and Weight Concerns in Eating Disorders
Alison E. Field and Nicole Kitos

13. Cultural Influences on Body Image and the Eating Disorders
Michael P. Levine and Linda Smolak

Part Three: Assessment and Comorbidities of the Eating Disorders

14. Psychological Assessment of the Eating Disorders
Drew A. Anderson and Andrea D. Murray

15. Medical Comorbidities of Eating Disorders
James E. Mitchell and Scott J. Crow

16. Medical Screening and Management of Eating Disorders in Adolescents
Debra K. Katzman, Nuray O. Kanbur, and Cathleen M. Steinegger

17. Psychological Comorbidity of Eating Disorders
Katherine A. Halmi

Part Four: Prevention and Treatment

18. Prevention: Current Status and Underlying Theory
Barr Taylor

19. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders
G. Terence Wilson

20. Interpersonal Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Marian Tanofsky-Kraff and Denise E. Wilfley

21. Family Therapy
Daniel le Grange and Renee Rienecke Hoste

22. Self-Help and Stepped Care in Eating Disorders
Peter Musiat and Ulrike Schmidt

23. Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Eunice Y. Chen and Debra Safer

24. Pharmacotherapy of the Eating Disorders
Susan L. McElroy, Anna I. Guerdjikova, Anne O'Melia, Nicole Mori, and Paul E. Keck, Jr.

25. Evidence-Based Treatment for the Eating Disorders
Phillipa J. Hay and Angelica de M. Claudino

26. Costs and Cost Effectiveness in Eating Disorders
Scott J. Crow and Nicholas Smiley

27. Overview
W. Stewart Agras

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