The Maudsley approach for child and adolescent eating disorders is the treatment with the most evidence for successful recovery from anorexia nervosa and there is increasing evidence for its efficacy with bulimia nervosa. In Maudsley treatment, parents take on an active and positive role in helping their child return to good physical health (restoring weight and/or eliminating binge eating and purging) and helping their child resume normal psychological and social development. Unlike many more “traditional” individual therapies for adolescents that may exclude parents or blame parents for the development of the eating disorder, in the Maudsley approach, parents are seen as a positive and crucial resource in their child’s successful recovery. Siblings are also included in this treatment and their role is to help support their sister or brother as they recover from this difficult illness. Sessions are typically held weekly with the whole family.

To learn more about the Maudsley approach from Dr. Angela Celio Doyle and Dr. Peter Doyle, visit www.maudsleyparents.org.

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