Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 582–592 | Cite as

The Questioning Process in Maudsley Family-Based Treatment. Part 1: Deviation Amplification

Original Paper


Maudsley family based treatment (FBT) continues to demonstrate promising evidence in the treatment of adolescent presentations of anorexia nervosa. In the earlier stages of this treatment modality, the process of empowering families, and in particular, helping parent to follow their natural instincts in making united decisions around re-feeding their child is critical. This paper aims to provide FBT practitioners with structured interviewing guidelines around the amplification of familial interactions around food, drawing on existing familial strengths and therefore empowering parents and families in their process of change. The questioning skills outlined are discussed in light of the theoretical tenets of the Maudsley FBT model.


Anorexia nervosa Eating disorders Maudsley family based treatment Family therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Redleaf PracticeSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Eating Disorder Service, The Children’s Hospital at WestmeadSydneyAustralia
  3. 3.School of PsychologyUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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