A family matter
“For a long time, people blamed families for causing anorexia nervosa and thought they should be left out of treatment,” says James Lock, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.
But a Stanford-led investigation of 164 patients found otherwise.
The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, compared an approach that taught parents to help children eat normally at home with a therapy that addressed difficult family dynamics.
“This study suggests that, however you involve them, families can be useful,” says Lock, who is a co-author.