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Mindfulness and Eating Disorders across the Lifespan
Assessment and Intervention through the Emotion Regulation Paradigm

ISBN 9780367722890
Published May 3, 2021 by Routledge
136 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This important and well researched volume examines the clinical phenomenon of eating disorders, exploring their longitudinal risk trajectory and introducing the Mindful Emotion Regulation – Approach (MER-A) as a starting point for intervention.

The book reviews various eating problems that can originate from the earliest perinatal phase to early adolescence, and through the MER-A framework focuses on how the principles of mindfulness and the related theoretical and clinical bases underlying the construct of emotional regulation can guide the clinician to a deeper understanding of a patient’s disordered eating. Featuring reflections on clinical cases, it includes coverage of patients’ difficulties in regulating emotions, their relationships with various eating behaviours and their associated interpersonal features.

Mindfulness and Eating Disorders across the Lifespan represents an attempt to provide a complete appreciation of this complex and multifaceted topic, making it of great importance to psychotherapists and related mental health professionals working with eating disorders.

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(Gaia de Campora and Giulio Cesare Zavattini)

Part I: Regulation and nutrition

1. From the prenatal phase to early adulthood: Risk factors and regulatory processes in the individual’s lifespan

(Gaia de Campora and Giulio Cesare Zavattini)

2 Mindful Emotion Regulation – Approach (MER-A): A theoretical model for the treatment of eating disorders during development

(Gaia de Campora)

Part II: Assessment and treatment across the life course

3. Overweight and obesity risk in the first three years of life

(Gaia de Campora and Giulio Cesare Zavattini)

4. Infantile anorexia and Post-Traumatic Feeding Disorder in early infancy

(Loredana Lucarelli)

5. Food refusal in preschool-age children

(Elena Trombini and Giancarlo Trombini)

6. Food selectivity and pre-adolescence

(Anna Maria Delogu)

7. Bulimia and adolescence

(Mojgan Khademi and Heidi Miller Brunetto)



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Gaia de Campora has worked in the field of perinatal and developmental psychology for the past fifteen years, dedicating her expertise to research and clinical work with individuals and families. She is currently enrolled as Adjunct Professor at the University of Turin, where her teaching activities are mainly focused on the recognition of risk factors and the psychodiagnoses of perinatal disorders. 

Giulio Cesare Zavattini is former Full Professor in Psychopathology of Couple Relationships at the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza, University of Rome. He is a Psychoanalyst of Società Psicoanalitica Italiana, the International Psychoanalytic Society, the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology and the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. He has also written several books and essays on attachment, parental and romantic relationships.