Interpersonal psychotherapy for anorexia nervosa
Article first published online: 4 FEB 2000
Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 27, Issue 2, pages 125–139, March 2000
How to Cite
McIntosh, V. V., Bulik, C. M., McKenzie, J. M., Luty, S. E. and Jordan, J. (2000), Interpersonal psychotherapy for anorexia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 27: 125–139. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-108X(200003)27:2<125::AID-EAT1>3.0.CO;2-4
- Issue published online: 4 FEB 2000
- Article first published online: 4 FEB 2000
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 DEC 1998
- interpersonal psychotherapy;
- interpersonal functioning;
This paper outlines the rationale for treating individuals with anorexia nervosa using interpersonal psychotherapy.
We review theoretical, empirical, and psychotherapy literature relating to interpersonal functioning in anorexia nervosa.
Etiological theories emphasize interpersonal and family dysfunction in the development of anorexia nervosa. Research supports the notion that families of individuals with anorexia nervosa have dysfunctional patterns of communication. The history of treatment for anorexia nervosa emphasizes the need for resolution of interpersonal dysfunction, within the traditions of psychodynamic, family therapy, and multidimensional therapies.
Interpersonal psychotherapy is a time-limited psychotherapy based on the notion that regardless of etiology, interpersonal relationships are intertwined with symptomatology. The goals of the therapy are to improve interpersonal functioning and thereby decrease symptomatology. Factors identified as important in the development of anorexia nervosa are readily conceptualized within the interpersonal psychotherapy problem areas of grief, interpersonal disputes, interpersonal deficits, and role transitions. © 2000 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 27: 125–139, 2000.