Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Maudsley Family Therapy for Eating Disorders

  • Mima Simic
  • Ivan EislerEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_168


Family based treatment (FBT); Family therapy for anorexia nervosa (FT-AN); Family therapy for bulimia nervosa (FT-BN); Eating disorders focused family therapy; Maudsley model family therapy


In the eating disorders literature, a number of terms have been used to describe family therapy with an eating disorders focus, e.g., Maudsley family therapy, Maudsley model therapy, or family-based treatment. What makes this treatment distinct is that the family therapy addresses a very specific problem, i.e., an eating disorder, and does this by utilizing the family as the most valuable resource in treatment to bring about early change in eating behaviors before addressing broader issues of individual and family life cycle development.

Background and Brief History of Family Therapy for Eating Disorders

From the first descriptions of anorexia nervosa in the late nineteenth century, the family response to illness and the patient’s response to the family’s emotional reaction...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating DisordersSouth London and Maudsley NHS Foundation TrustLondonUK
  2. 2.Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and NeuroscienceKing’s College LondonLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  • Ryan M. Earl
    • 2
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA