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The Starving Family: Caregiving Mothers and Fathers Share Their Eating Disorder Wisdom

The Starving Family: Caregiving Mothers and Fathers Share Their Eating Disorder Wisdom

by Cheryl Dellasega
     
 

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We've heard from experts, and we've heard from patients...now it's time to hear from families. In this first of its kind book, author Cheryl Dellasega offers a guide for family caregivers of persons with eating disorders. Culled from the experiences of over a dozen diverse families who have "been there, done that," this book covers new territory on how to cope at home

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We've heard from experts, and we've heard from patients...now it's time to hear from families. In this first of its kind book, author Cheryl Dellasega offers a guide for family caregivers of persons with eating disorders. Culled from the experiences of over a dozen diverse families who have "been there, done that," this book covers new territory on how to cope at home when anorexia, bulimia, or ED-NOS strikes a loved one. Using the wisdom of mothers and fathers who have supports struggling daughters and sons 24/7, insight, support, and strategies are presented that will appeal to both parents and professionals.

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Library Journal
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (www.anad.org), the mortality rate for anorexia is higher than that of any other psychological disorder, and without treatment, up to 20 percent of those with serious eating disorders of any kind will die. These two works address anorexia, each focusing on the role of families in successful treatment. Clinical psychologist Dellasega (Surviving Ophelia; Girl Wars) presents findings from her work with the "true experts" on this disorder, parents of children with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders. Organizing her work around anonymous family case studies, Dellasega addresses discovering the disorder; finding professional help; the impact on siblings, marriages, and careers; coping with insurance companies; and what happens after recovery. She includes consideration of boys, which alone is worth the investment in this important and innovative contribution to the field. What sets the work apart, though, is its emphasizing the need to integrate parents into the treatment process. Collins provides a poignant, informative memoir that relates how she rescued her daughter from "the experts" and treated her life-threatening anorexia using a controversial technique known as the Maudsley Approach. Developed in London in the 1980s by Christopher Dare and Ivan Eisler at Maudsley Hospital, the Maudsley Approach is a home-based, family-centered form of treatment now undergoing testing by psychologists at numerous institutions in this country. This approach emphasizes getting children to eat at home first, with therapy coming later; parents are not blamed for causing anorexia. The author offers numerous succinctly written chapters that should help parents struggling with anorexic children; her family's ultimate victory over anorexia vindicates this emerging model. This is an important title for professionals and a vital resource for families dealing with eating disorders. Both works are recommended for larger public libraries and for university libraries supporting the medical and helping professions.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932783391
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.65(d)

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Meet the Author

Cheryl Dellasega is the author of two previous books (Surviving Ophelia and Girl Wars). She is also a Professor at the Penn State University College of Medicine where she is involved in teaching and research. Dr. Dellasega is know internationally for her scholarly work on psychosocial issues related to families and has appeared on The Today Show as an expert on relational aggression. She is also the founder of Camp Ophelia and Club Ophelia, two programs aimed at improving self-esteem, problem-solving skills, and relationships between adolescent girls.

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