Chapter 6. Families of People with an Eating Disorder

  1. Norman Sartorius4,
  2. Julian Leff5,
  3. Juan José López-Ibor6,
  4. Mario Maj7 and
  5. Ahmed Okasha8
  1. Palmiero Monteleone1,
  2. Janet Treasure2,
  3. Paolo Santonastaso3,
  4. Angela Favaro3 and
  5. Francesca Brambilla1

Published Online: 31 OCT 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470024712.ch6

Families and Mental Disorders: From Burden to Empowerment

Families and Mental Disorders: From Burden to Empowerment

How to Cite

Monteleone, P., Treasure, J., Santonastaso, P., Favaro, A. and Brambilla, F. (2005) Families of People with an Eating Disorder, in Families and Mental Disorders: From Burden to Empowerment (eds N. Sartorius, J. Leff, J. J. López-Ibor, M. Maj and A. Okasha), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470024712.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 4

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

  2. 5

    Department of Mental Health Sciences, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London and TAPS Research Unit, 69 Fleet Street, London NW3 2QU, UK

  3. 6

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

  4. 7

    University of Naples, Italy

  5. 8

    Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Largo Madonna delle Grazie, 80138 Naples, Italy

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry, King's College London, 5th Floor, Thomas Guy House, Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT, UK

  3. 3

    Department of Neuroscience, University of Padua, Psychiatric Clinic, Via Giustiniani 3, 35128 Padova, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 OCT 2005
  2. Published Print: 22 OCT 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470023822

Online ISBN: 9780470024713



  • eating disorders;
  • anorexia nervosa;
  • bulimia nervosa;
  • emotional climate;
  • “compulsive caring” mode;
  • family burden and coping strategies;
  • ego-orientated individual therapy;
  • eating disorder patients;
  • issues of confidentiality and risk


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Impact of Eating Disorders on the Family

  • Sibling, Marital and Childrearing Issues

  • Unhelpful Interactions

  • Family Burden and Coping Strategies

  • Family Interventions for Eating Disorders

  • Conclusions

  • References