Treatment of eating disorders in women

Richard I. Stein, Brian E. Saelens, Jennifer Zoler Dounchis, Caroline M. Lewczyk, Anne K. Swenson, Denise E. Wilfley

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This article reviews the most recent treatment literature for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder and serves as a guide for recommended readings and therapist resources. The primary focus is on empirically tested treatment modalities; for each of these approaches reviewed, the theoretical background, nature of the intervention, and existing empirical support are summarized. The article also presents less researched, albeit promising, approaches to eating disorder treatment, describing the rationale and available research. A focus on multicultural issues, including the paucity of eating disorder treatment research among participants of color, and suggestions for building research and enhancing treatment effectiveness with ethnic minority clients, is incorporated throughout. Recommendations concerning pressing research needs are made, and a summary of clinical recommendations for each disorder is formulated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)695-732
Number of pages38
JournalThe Counseling Psychologist
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2001


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