A family matter

Upfront is a quick look at the latest developments from Stanford Medicine.

“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.

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