Family Psychopathology and Anorexia Nervosa

  • Ross S. Kalucy


In considering family psychopathology and anorexia nervosa, there are at least three principal concerns. Firstly, the influence of enduring rearing patterns within a family system, or of enduring disorder within family members, on an individual’s propensity to develop anorexia nervosa; here we are asking by what means may a family’s habitual modes of functioning increase or decrease the likelihood of anorexia nervosa occurring in adolescent daughters? Secondly, in a clinical setting do individual family members or the family system as a whole, facilitate or obstruct care and hence growth? here we are concerned with the means by which a family system maintains an illness pattern. Thirdly, and perhaps from a clinical point of view, most importantly, to what extent does a family based intervention affect outcome?


Anorexia Nervosa Family Therapy Family System Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Individual Family Member 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ross S. Kalucy
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  1. 1.School of MedicineThe Flinders University of South AustraliaBedford ParkSouth Australia

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