1st Edition

Body Image in Eating Disorders Clinical Diagnosis and Integrative Approach to Psychological Treatment

By Bernadetta Izydorczyk Copyright 2022
    156 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    156 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Body Image in Eating Disorders explores issues relating to the prevention, clinical diagnosis, and psychological treatment of distortions of body image in eating disorders. It presents a multifactorial model of indicators for diagnosis and treatment, considering psychological, sociocultural, and family indicators.

    Based on original empirical research with women and girls suffering from eating disorders, the book draws attention to limitations and dilemmas related to psychological diagnosis and treatment of people with eating disorders including anorexia readiness syndrome, bulimia, and bigorexia. The book proposes an integrative psychodynamic approach to the diagnosis and treatment of body image disorders and presents case studies illustrating examples of application of integration of psychodynamic therapy and psychodrama in psychological treatment of young people suffering from eating disorders. It considers risk factors including abnormal body image for the development of eating disorders and argues that psychological diagnosis of the body image is an important factor in determining the right direction of psychological treatment for people with eating disorders.

    Drawing on theoretical foundations and evidence-based clinical practice, the book will be of great interest to researchers, academics, and students in the fields of clinical and applied psychology, mental health, and specialists in eating disorders.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    Introduction 1. The phenomenon of the body image: a psychological perspective 2. Family and sociocultural predictors of body image development 3. Mental trauma and body image in eating disorders 4. Psychological characteristics of patients with eating disorders 5. Clinical diagnosis of personality structure and body image in patients with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder 6. Psychotherapy of body image disorders in patients with eating disorders: an integrative approach 7. Psychodrama in psychological therapy of body image distortions  8. Summary: directions and areas of studying the diagnosis and treatment of body image distortions in eating disorders


    Bernadetta Izydorczyk is a professor at the Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

    'The book is part of the extremely topical and socially important issues relating to the body image in eating disorders in the context of psychological diagnosis and therapy. Certainly, this monograph will find an audience among patients with eating disorders and their families, as well as specialists in many professions (including psychologists, doctors, teachers, psychotherapists), as well as students in the field of medical, psychological, pedagogical or people who want to specialize in psychotherapy for people with eating disorders, both children, adolescents and adults.'
    Mariola Bidzan, Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Gdansk, Poland

    'Body Image in Eating Disorders is a valuable publication, especially for theorists and researchers of body image phenomena and eating disorders, as well as for psychotherapists. I consider the results of the author’s research extremely valuable for understanding non-constructive behaviors towards the body and eating, especially in the adolescent and young adult population.'
    Beata Ziółkowska, Professor, Department of Psychology, Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland□