Selective eating in a 9-year-old boy: Family therapy as a first-line treatment

Stuart Benjamin Murray*, Chris Thornton, Andrew Wallis

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Whilst empirical studies continue to demonstrate the efficacy of family-based therapy in the treatment of adolescent anorexia nervosa, less comprehensive evidence exists in guiding the treatment of pre-adolescent eating disorders, which are typically characterised by a greater variety of symptom presentation. We present the case of a pre-adolescent male who met criteria for selective eating who was treated into full remission with eating-disorder- focused family therapy. This family-based intervention deviated significantly from recently manualised family-based therapy interventions, and we suggest continued exploration of family therapy techniques in the treatment of pre-adolescent eating disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-275
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • eating disorder
  • fussy eating
  • male eating disorder
  • selective eating


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