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Group therapy for eating disorders: A step-wise approach

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Group therapy is emerging as a favored treatment for eating disorders. Open-ended psychodynamic group therapy is an effective treatment for the underlying conflicts in eating-disordered patients, yet these groups are difficult to form. The authors suggest a specific sequence using time-limited psychoeducational groups initially for symptom control, then offering an open-ended group for patients who are ready to address deeper issues in a group therapy setting.

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Riess, H., Rutan, J.S. Group therapy for eating disorders: A step-wise approach. Group 16, 79–83 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01459707

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