Treating Bulimia in Adolescents

A Family-Based Approach

Daniel Le Grange and James Lock

January 16, 2007
ISBN 9781593854140
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260 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
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260 Pages
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“A theoretical, yet easy-to-follow manual combining case studies with theory and examples of the practice approach. Highly practical, the book shows evidence-based strategies for practitioners to best support adolescent sufferers of bulimia, while helping the family develop skills to cope with the complexities of the illness and to work collaboratively to bring the eating behaviours under control....This is an extremely useful tool for therapists working with adolescents and their families.”

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“Most therapy manuals suffer from one of two excesses. They are either overly theoretical, and hence very dreary to read, or they are little more than a series of case examples or anecdotes, providing entertaining reading but inadequate instruction. Treating Bulimia solves these problems in a simple and effective manner. It presents a chapter outlining the theory and practice of the approach, followed by the same material in Action," in which an extended case example illustrates the material presented in the previous chapter. No matter what one's learning style, at least one of the elements of Treating Bulimia will resonate with the reader. For those who like to know the rationale behind techniques, the theory chapters explicitly tell us how to carry out the session...followed by why....Treating Bulimia is most useful for the practicing therapist who works with adolescents and their families and wants to improve his or her skills in treating bulimia.”

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“Le Grange and Lock, the brilliant innovators of the most effective treatment for anorexia nervosa, have adapted their family-based approach into the first promising intervention for adolescents with bulimia nervosa. Extremely well written and user friendly.”

—David B. Herzog, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

“When treating adolescents with bulimia nervosa, clinicians owe it to their patients to consider how family involvement might benefit treatment. This welcome book is authored by two of our most esteemed authorities on family-based intervention for eating disorders. Grounded in extensive research and practice, the manual offers theoretical perspectives, a clear rationale for the treatment, and practical instruction on implementing the techniques. The evidence-based approach and excellent clinical illustrations provided by Le Grange and Lock will enrich the therapeutic armamentarium of novices and experienced clinicians alike.”

—Joel Yager, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of New Mexico School of Medicine; past president, Academy for Eating Disorders

“The family-based approach has offered patients a genuine paradigm shift in the treatment of eating disorders, and real hope for recovery from a complex illness. Le Grange and Lock build here on their authoritative manual for the treatment of adolescent anorexia to deliver the first such manual for adolescent bulimia. This book is essential reading for those who seek empirically based, therapeutically sound treatments for children and adolescents with eating disorders.”

—Leslie A. Sim, PhD, Department of Psychology and Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic

“Le Grange and Lock have written an eminently practical guide. Their approach emphasizes a positive view of parents, as agents in reestablishing healthy eating for adolescents with bulimia nervosa; of the family, as a resource for recovery; and of adolescents themselves, as competent and autonomous—except in relation to their disordered eating. Detailed case studies show how the therapist can model uncritical acceptance of the patient and separate the illness from the individual. This book belongs in the library of any professional who treats eating disorders.”

—Richard E. Kreipe, MD, Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center

“This is a seminal resource for both researchers and clinicians. Not only will this book assist in understanding the dynamics and treatment for families with a child with bulimia nervosa, but the comparisons presented with families with a child with anorexia nervosa also help to solidify understanding of those dynamics as well. A very thoughtful and thorough presentation.”

—Nancy Zucker, PhD, Duke Eating Disorder Program, Duke University Medical Center

“Written by two specialists on eating disorders, this book provides a detailed description of a family-based treatment for adolescents with bulimia nervosa. Practical in orientation and comprehensive in scope, this is an invaluable resource for clinicians.”

—Christopher G. Fairburn, DM, FRCPsych, FMedSci, Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

“A welcome companion to the Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa, this practical guide to treating bulimia nervosa in young people provides step-by-step guidance for clinicians experienced in working with young people and their families. Written by leaders in the field, the manual brings transparency of process and purpose to the treatment of what can be complex clinical problems. The authors' personal experience translating theory into practice and dealing with the real issues encountered in therapy is evident throughout. I would recommend this book to anyone new to working with young people with eating disorders.”

—Dasha Nicholls, MD, PhD, Head, Feeding and Eating Disorders Service, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, London, UK

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