Spiritual Approaches in the Treatment of Women With Eating Disorders

Pages: 304
Item #: 4317103
ISBN: 978-1-59147-393-0
List Price: $39.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $29.95
Copyright: 2007
Format: Hardcover
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This book is for the practitioner who is curious about how to incorporate therapy that draws on clients' spirituality or religious background as a resource for recovery from eating disorders. There is growing empirical evidence that spiritual approaches to treatment are as effective, and sometimes more effective, than secular ones, particularly with religiously devout clients. In this book, the authors seek to be catalysts in building up the body of literature documenting the influence of client religiousness and spirituality on the development and maintenance of eating disorders, as well as recovery from eating disorders.

Drawing on their many years of clinical experience, the authors show how a theistic perspective of healing and change can enrich therapies currently in practice for eating disorders, such as individual, group, and family therapy and twelve-step programs. They propose an agenda for future research including valuable information on measures and research designs that will help investigators study the etiology of eating disorders as well as treatment outcomes, as they relate to client involvement in institutional and community religious life and clients' private devotion or expressions of spirituality.

Table of Contents



I. Introduction, Theory, and Research

  1. Faith, Spirituality, and Eating Disorders
  2. Scholarship on Religion, Spirituality, and Eating Disorders

II. A Theistic Spiritual Framework for Treating Eating Disorders

  1. A Theistic View of Eating Disorders
  2. A Theistic View of Therapeutic Change
  3. Multidimensional Theistic Treatment for Eating Disorders

III. Theistic Treatment Guidelines and Interventions for Eating Disorders

  1. Religious and Spiritual Assessment of Patients With Eating Disorders
  2. Spiritual Interventions for Individual, Group, and Family Therapy
  3. A Spirituality Group for Patients With Eating Disorders
  4. Twelve-Step Groups for Patients With Eating Disorders

IV. Research Directions

  1. Recommendations for Research on Spirituality and Eating Disorders

V. Case Reports and Patient Perspectives

  1. Case Reports of Theistic Spirituality in Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery
  2. Patient Perceptions of the Role of Spirituality in Treatment and Recovery



About the Authors