The Maudsley approach is a particular method of family based therapy for adolescents with anorexia that was developed at the Maudsley Hospital in London. It is applied to adolescents 18 and under with early onset of anorexia and who are living at home with their families. Research has shown that it has also had success with adolescents (18 and under) with bulimia nervosa. The Maudsley approach can mostly be construed as an intensive outpatient treatment where parents play an active and positive role in order to:

  • Help restore their child’s weight to normal levels expected given their adolescent’s age and height
  • Hand the control over eating back to the adolescent
  • Encourage normal adolescent development through an in-depth discussion of these crucial developmental issues as they pertain to their child

The Maudsley Approach considers the parents as a resource and essential in successful treatment outcomes.

Treatment is up into three phases:

  • Phase I: Weight restoration
  • Phase II: Returning control over eating to the adolescent
  • Phase III: Establishing healthy adolescent identity

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