Civil Commitment in the Treatment of Eating Disorders presents a comprehensive view on the use of involuntary hospitalization in the treatment of patients with anorexia and other eating disorders. This volume synthesizes the existing empirical data and ethical perspectives surrounding this sometimes controversial approach to treatment in order to establish a balanced, compassionate understanding of current research and patient experiences. Particular attention is paid to the use and misuse of persuasion and coercion in civil commitment and to when these concepts are applicable. This accessible new volume prepares treatment providers to understand the role of civil commitment in their treatment practices and in patients’ recovery.
"This concise and elegant book explores the complex ethical dilemmas clinicians and families face when caring for someone with an eating disorder. Dr. Bowers lays out a thoughtful and principled case for the compassionate use of different methods for implementing interventions even when they are refused. Civil Commitment in the Treatment of Eating Disorders provides clear information and guidelines for direct and honest communication with a fundamental respect for the dignity of people dealing with these difficult diseases."
—Douglas W. Bunnell, PhD, FAED, CEDS, chief clinical officer at Monte Nido & Affiliates
"Dr. Bowers does a masterful job of orienting professionals to the empirical data and ethical perspectives regarding the use of involuntary treatment for eating disorders. This is the most rigorous and comprehensive text available on the role of civil commitment in the treatment of this patient population."
—Craig Johnson, PhD, FAED, chief science officer at Eating Recovery Center and clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Acknowledgments 1. Basics of Eating Disorders 2. History of Civil Commitment 3. Civil Commitment and Eating Disorders 4. Ethical Considerations 5. Psychiatric Advanced Directives 6. Compassionate Use of Civil Commitment 7. Summary and Recommendations