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Family Therapy for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders : A Critical Review. / Jewell, Tom; Blessitt, Esther; Stewart, Catherine; Simic, Mima; Eisler, Ivan.

In: Family Process, Vol. 55, No. 3, 19.08.2016, p. 577-594.

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Jewell, T, Blessitt, E, Stewart, C, Simic, M & Eisler, I 2016, 'Family Therapy for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders: A Critical Review', Family Process, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 577-594. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12242

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Jewell, T., Blessitt, E., Stewart, C., Simic, M., & Eisler, I. (2016). Family Therapy for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders: A Critical Review. Family Process, 55(3), 577-594. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12242

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Jewell T, Blessitt E, Stewart C, Simic M, Eisler I. Family Therapy for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders: A Critical Review. Family Process. 2016 Aug 19;55(3):577-594. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12242

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Jewell, Tom ; Blessitt, Esther ; Stewart, Catherine ; Simic, Mima ; Eisler, Ivan. / Family Therapy for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders : A Critical Review. In: Family Process. 2016 ; Vol. 55, No. 3. pp. 577-594.

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