28. Eating Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence: Assessment and Treatment Issues

  1. John R. E. Fox2 and
  2. Ken P. Goss3
  1. Debra Quine

Published Online: 3 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch28

Eating and its Disorders

Eating and its Disorders

How to Cite

Quine, D. (2012) Eating Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence: Assessment and Treatment Issues, in Eating and its Disorders (eds J. R. E. Fox and K. P. Goss), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch28

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK

  2. 3

    Coventry Eating Disorders Service, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. Eating Disorders Service for St Helens and Knowsley, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683545

Online ISBN: 9781118328910



  • adolescence;
  • assessment;
  • childhood;
  • eating disorders (EDs);
  • generic outpatient service;
  • treatment


This chapter describes eating disorders (EDs) in childhood and adolescence and highlights some of the important differences and considerations when working with this age group. In this chapter, assessment and treatment issues are discussed predominantly with ‘non-specialist’ clinicians in mind although it is hoped that it will also be of interest to more specialist practitioners. The chapter considers how generic outpatient teams might effectively manage the assessment and treatment of EDs in young people when required. A range of psychological interventions is available for young people with EDs, although there remains a lack of good quality evidence about what works with this group. The evidence base of some of the major psychological interventions is discussed.