The Effectiveness of Adolescent-Focused Therapy and Family-Based Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa

Marni Stewart, Oliver Baumann

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Abstract

Anorexia Nervosa is the most deadly mental illness due to the high mortality and
relapse rates after reaching remission. The systematic review investigated the effectiveness of two empirically validated interventions (Family-Based Therapy [FBT] and Adolescent-Focused Therapy [AFT]) for an adolescent or young adult living with Anorexia Nervosa to reach partial or full remission and expected weight ratios. Twelve studies published between 1994 and 2015 were evaluated and indicated that FBT resulted in significant weight gain and higher partial and full remission rates than AFT, demonstrating its superiority in treating AN in adolescents and young adult samples, in one instance, at least up to 4 years. Despite FBT and AFT delivery, a significant proportion of participants did not achieve their target weight or full remission, indicating that both treatments may not be effective in all circumstances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalPsychological Reports
Early online date18 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jan 2024

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