- Series: A Norton professional book
- Hardcover: 342 pages
- Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1 edition (May 1, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393700240
- ISBN-13: 978-0393700244
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,160,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bulimia: A Systems Approach to Treatment (A Norton professional book) 1st Edition
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In this book beginning and experienced professionals will find a sensible and comprehensive approach to understanding and treating bulimia. This approach, based on principles of feminist family systems theory, has been proven successful in a clinical pro-gram devoted to the treatment of eating disorders.
The authors open with a discussion of the complex sociocultural, familial, and individual developmental factors that contribute to the development of bulimia. Family patterns related to eating disorders are traced through the family life-cycle and even through several generations.
Then the authors make a major conceptual contributionâ"their classification of bulimic families into "perfect," "overprotective," and "chaotic" types. The dynamics and treatment of each family type are illustrated in extensive case studies.
While the focus is on families, the authors recognize that the treatment of bulimia, be-cause of the complexity of the syndrome, must be multidimensional. Their comprehensive treatment program includes thorough assessment (with special attention given to substance abuse and the sexual abuse that many of these women have suffered), consultation (which may open the door to family therapy), individual, couples, and group therapies. The relationship of bulimia to affective disorders and the possible need for medication are also discussed.
Above all, this is a clinical book, packed with intervention strategies and case examples. It will be invaluable to all family therapists and health-care professionals working with bulimic clients.