Strategic Family Therapy

More limited in focus than Structural family therapy, Strategic Family Therapy addresses the impact of anorexia nervosa symptoms on the patient and family. It does not presume a pathologic family process but instead takes an agnostic view. It is known for use of paradoxic instructions i.e. requesting that a child resist parental efforts to refeed or to eat to have the strength to fight parental authority.  Source: Family-based Treatment of Eating Disorders, Lock & le Grange, IJED 2005)

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