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Family-Based Treatment of Teen Eating Disorders Helpful

Treatment outcomes for adolescents with eating disorders seem to correlate with family reports of perceived helpfulness of the family-based treatment approach, according to a study published online April 10 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.  Findings based on mothers' and teens' perception of helpfulness and outcomes of family-based treatment.

Treatment outcomes for adolescents with eating disorders seem to correlate with family reports of perceived helpfulness of the family-based treatment (FBT) approach, according to a study published online April 10 in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Simar Singh, from the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues examined families' perspectives on FBT and remission markers associated with increased treatment satisfaction across 43 caregivers and 40 adolescents who received outpatient FBT for an eating disorder.

The researchers found that on average, patients and their parents perceived FBT as "quite helpful" and "extremely helpful," respectively. With the exception of restraint, significant improvements were associated with adolescent report of helpfulness (all P < 0.05) in all eating disorder examination subscales. Increase in percent expected body weight was significantly associated with maternal report of FBT helpfulness (P = 0.03); no specific findings for paternal report.

"Both patients and their parents perceived FBT as helpful, but patients seemed to prioritize cognitive improvements while mothers prioritized physical improvements in rating their satisfaction with FBT," the authors write.