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COGNITIVE REMEDIATION THERAPY (CRT) FOR ANOREXIA IN GROUP FORMAT: AN EVALUATION FROM AN ADULT POPULATION

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) for Eating and Weight Disorders
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd
Pages46-60
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781317608578
ISBN (Print)9781138794030
DOIs
Published1 Jan 2014

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Publisher Copyright: © 2015 Kate Tchanturia.

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Abstract

Anorexia nervosa (AN) in childhood and adolescence is a very complex illness with major physical, psychological and socio-cultural correlates. Family therapy is the most-widely studied treatment for child/adolescent anorexia nervosa, and is recommended as an important component of the treatment for this population. Family therapy in the treatment for children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa first took centre stage in the 1970‘s when parents/families were considered to have a significant aetiological role. There is strong neuropsychological evidence indicating that people with AN have particular cognitive inefficiencies in areas such as central coherence, set-shifting and visuo-spatial processing. Minuchin et al. postulated a psychosomatic family model, which proposed that an eating disorder may emerge as a result of specific dysfunctional family dynamics including rigidity, enmeshment, over-involvement and conflict avoidance. However, it is used as a base for this claim are overall relatively small, with very many methodological limitations, and nor has there has been sufficient research comparing family therapy to other treatments.

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