1st Edition

Eating Disorders and Marital Relationships

    Anorexia and bulimia are on the increase in the Western world and the disease is now recognised to no longer be only a problem for teenage girls, but older women as well. Most older women either do now or did previously live with a partner and much attention has been paid to these relationships in devising therapeutic regimes.
    Eating Disorders and Marital Relationships takes a critical look at the evidence behind the assumption of psychiatric illness in the patients and their partners and comes up with some surprising results. Van den Broucke, Vandereycken and Norre carefully describe both the theoretical and practical implications of their work, making this book important reading for both practitioner and researcher.

    List of illustrations, Preface and acknowledgements, 1. The nature of eating disorders in married patients, 2. The marital relationships of psychiatric patients, 3. The husbands of eating-disordered patients, 4. Marital satisfaction and intimacy, 5. Communication, 6. Marital conflicts, 7. Sexuality, fertility and parenting, 8. Assessment and treatment of eating disorders, 9. Assessment of the marital relationship, 10. Involving the husband in the therapy, Appendices, References, Name index, Subject index


    Jan Norre, Stephan Van den Broucke, Walter Vandereycken