Interpersonal Psychotherapy and the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Anna M. Karam, Ellen E. Fitzsimmons-Craft, Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, Denise E. Wilfley

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Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)for the treatment of eating disorders is a brief treatment that addresses the social and interpersonal context in which the disorder begins and is maintained. IPT is classified as a strongly supported evidence-based treatment of bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder, and more research is needed to understand the effectiveness of IPT for anorexia nervosa and IPT for preventing excess weight gain. This article describes the core components and elements of IPT, the empirical evidence that supports its effectiveness, efforts to increase the dissemination and implementation of IPT, and future directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-218
Number of pages14
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2019


  • Binge-eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Eating disorders
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Obesity
  • Psychotherapy


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