A Guide for Families on Family-Based Treatment

Family-Based Treatment – also called “FBT” or “Maudsley Method” – is widely accepted as the leading evidence-based treatment for anorexia nervosa in children and adolescents. FBT is considered a first-line treatment for young people with bulimia nervosa as well.

Parent empowerment is at the core of Family-Based Treatment. Parents (or other primary caregivers) are given the skills, techniques and confidence to support their child in normalizing food intake and weight. Among the advantages of FBT is that children/teens/young adults are treated at home, avoiding the extreme disruption of hospitalization even in the more severe cases of disordered eating.

This guide will give you an understanding of Family-Based Treatment and will address some concerns and questions you may have when considering this path to recovery for your loved one.

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