Proposal for Evidence Based Practice Paper for Anorexia Nervosa in Teenagers

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Proposal for Evidence Based Practice Paper

Michelle A. Steen

University of North Carolina at Pembroke


This paper explores the proposed use of Dialectic Therapy (DBT) on adolescents between the ages of twelve and eighteen who are diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa (AN). It will address the nature and extent of the issue of AN in the target population, weigh the positive and negative aspects of different types of therapies on the target population and show the potential limitations of the use of DBT versus other forms of therapies.

Proposal for Evidence Based Practice Paper

This paper will discuss Anorexia Nervosa as an eating disorder that predominantly affects girls and young women. In industrial
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There is a focus on helping patients to observe and label their emotional reactions to trauma, validation and acquiring a balance between acceptance and change. This is a fairly new type of approach which is being modified for the treatment of eating disorders. (Santucci, 2010) This form of therapy, according to the data is appropriate for any individual afflicted with this condition as well as many others, but currently does not have a depth of research behind it to prove it individually effective specifically for AN. Family Therapy/Marital Therapy: This approach to therapy can be viewed as treatment of the family; others see it as treatment with the family. Family/Marital Therapy should be considered for adolescents who are living at home with parental figures or other patients who are living in situations with continuing conflicts or other martial issues. (Santucci, 2010) During Family/Marital Therapy the clinician would work in concert with the family to resolve the underlying emotional triggers that could lead to an extended bout of AN. One form of Family/Marital therapy is the Maudsley approach. One article about the impact of Maudsley approach stated that the developers of the Maudsley approach believed that parental involvement is critical to the child’s recovery. (Lock

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