Individual psychotherapy

Hay, Phillipa P.J., and McDermott, Brett (2007) Individual psychotherapy. In: Jaffa, Tony, and McDermott, Brett, (eds.) Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 225-237.

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To therapists and clinicians treating children and adolescents with eating disorders, the title 'individual psychotherapy' may appear a misnomer. Children and the majority of adolescents do not present alone and it is important in management to also engage family members, and others such as school counsellors. Guidelines and position statements for the specific care of young people emphasize this (Kreipe, 1995; National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), 2004). Individual psychotherapy in most instances, particularly with children, should occur following a thorough assessment of the patient's family and social context, and will often occur in conjunction with family and other therapies. In anorexia nervosa treatment necessarily must also address the restoration of physical health. With this caveat, this chapter describes individual therapies that have been applied in eating disorders, summarizes their evidence base, and concludes with a commentary on their appropriateness for children and adolescents. The discussion is limited to anorexia nervosa (AN),bulimia nervosa (BN) and Eating Disorders not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). For an account of psychotherapeutic approaches in the management of binge eating in obese and overweight children the reader is referred to Braet (Chapter 15, this volume).

Item ID: 2966
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-521-61312-5
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2009 04:12
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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