Structural Family Therapy

Structural Family Therapy is an approach developed by Minuchin in the 70s based on the belief that symptoms of anorexia nervosa helped maintain pathologic family processes such as avoidance of conflict, over-protectiveness, rigidity, and enmeshment.  Interventions, including a family meal, were devised to enhance parental authority, challenge inappropriate alignments between children and parental figures, and encourage sibling subsystem development: Source: Family-based Treatment of Eating Disorders, Lock & le Grange, IJED 2005)

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