Treating Bulimia in Adolescents: A Family-Based Approach

Treating Bulimia in Adolescents: A Family-Based Approach

by Daniel Le Grange PhD, James Lock MD, PhD

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An indispensable clinical resource, this groundbreaking book is the first treatment manual to focus specifically on adolescent bulimia nervosa. The authors draw on their proven approach to treating anorexia nervosa in the family context and adapt it to the unique needs of this related yet distinct clinical population. Evidence-based strategies are presented for helping the whole family collaborate to bring dysfunctional eating behaviors under control, while also addressing co-occurring psychological problems and parent–child relationship conflicts. Highly practical, the book shows exactly how to carry out this time-limited therapy and what to do when problems arise. Special features include annotated session transcripts and answers to frequently asked questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606233511
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/19/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel Le Grange, PhD, FAED, is Benioff UCSF Professor in Children’s Health in the Department of Psychiatry and UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences and Director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of California, San Francisco. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Chicago, where he was Director of the Eating Disorders Program until 2014. Dr. Le Grange was a member of the team at the Maudsley Hospital in London that developed family-based treatment for anorexia nervosa. Over his career, he has treated numerous adolescents and families struggling with eating disorders. He is a past recipient of the Leadership Award in Research from the Academy of Eating Disorders and an Early Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. The author of over 500 articles, books, book chapters, and published abstracts, Dr. Le Grange has published several books for professionals and parents in collaboration with James Lock, including [ital]Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder, Second Edition.[/ital]
James Lock, MD, PhD, is Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. He is the director of the Eating Disorders Program in the Division of Child Psychiatry and psychiatric director of an inpatient eating disorder program for children and adolescents at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Dr. Lock trained in general psychiatry at UCLA and in child psychiatry at the University of California, Davis. The author of numerous scientific publications, he is a past recipient of an NIMH Early Career Development Award, a current recipient of an NIMH Mid-Career Development Award, and principal investigator at the Stanford site for an NIMH treatment study.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Background Information on Bulimia Nervosa

2. Family-Based Treatment for Adolescent Bulimia Nervosa

3. Phase I: Initial Evaluation

4. Session 1: The First Face-to-Face Meeting with the Family

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. The Remainder of Phase I in Action 

10. Phase II: Helping the Adolescent Eat on Her Own (Sessions 11–16)

11. Phase II in Action

12. Phase III: Adolescent Developmental Concerns (Sessions 17–20)

13. Phase III in Action

14. Summary of a Completed Case


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

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