1st Edition

Self-Harm Behavior and Eating Disorders Dynamics, Assessment, and Treatment

    292 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    290 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The number of eating disorders patients presenting with symptoms of self-harm is growing quickly, and yet there is surprisingly little known about this unique population.

    Self-Harm Behavior and Eating Disorders explores the prevalent but largely uncharted relationship between self-injury behaviors and eating disorders symptoms. In the first major book to focus on this area, a renowned group of international scholars and practitioners addresses the subject from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives. The book is categorized into sections covering epidemiology, psychodynamics, assessment, and a final section covering potential treatment options, including dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, interventions strategies, group therapy, and pharmacological approaches.

    This unrivaled collection of case studies, theoretical exploration, and practical application forms a benchmark for the field, and offers a stepping-stone for new research and innovative treatment strategies. In an area with little available information, previously spread out among diffuse sources, this volume represents the state-of-the-field resource for anyone working with complex eating disorders patients.

    Introduction. Levitt, Sansone, Cohn, Epidemiology. Sansone, Levitt, The Prevalence of Self-harm Behaviors Among Those with Eating Disorders. Nasser, Cross-cultural Issues and Self-harm Behavior. Psychodynamics. Favaro, Ferrara, Santonastaso, Impulsive and Compulsive Self-injurious Behavior and Eating Disorders. Anderson, Bulik, Bulik, Self-harm and Suicide Attempts in Bulimia Nervosa. Sansone, Sansone, Levitt, Borderline Personality Disorder: Self-harm and Eating Disorders. Hartman McGilley, Feminist Perspectives on Self-harm Behavior and Eating Disorders. Assessment. Sansone, Sansone, Assessment Tools: Eating Disorder Symptoms and Self-harm Behavior. Juzwin, The Self Injury Self-report Inventory. Treatment. Sansone, Levitt,  Sansone, An Overview of Psychotherapy Strategies for the Management of Self Harm. Behavior. Claes, Vandereycken, Vertommen, Therapy Related Assessment of Self-harming Behaviors in Eating Disorder. Clients: A Case Illustration. McCabe, Marcus, Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Eating Disorder Patients with Self-harm Behavior. Myers, Wonderlich, Norton, Crosby, An Integrative Cognitive Therapy Approach to the Treatment of Multi-impulsive. Bulimia Nervosa. Ostroff, Eclectic Treatment of Eating Disorders and Self-injury: A Case Illustration. Costin, Interventions and Strategies for Families and Friends of the Self Harming Patient With an Eating Disorder. Levitt, A Self-regulatory Approach to the Treatment of Eating Disorders and Self-injury. Levitt, Sansone, Group Therapy for the Treatment of Self-destructive Behavior. Sansone, Levitt, Sansone, Psychotropic Medications, Self Harm Behavior, and Eating Disorders.


    John L. Levitt, Ph.D. is Clinical Director of Eating Disorders and Violence and Abuse Programs at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, IL.
    Randy A. Sansone, M.D. is a Professor at the Wright State University School of Medicine and Director of Psychiatry at Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, OH.
    Leigh Cohn, M.A.T. is founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, and Publisher of Gürze Books, a company that has specialized in eating disorders publications and education since 1980.

    "Levitt et al., by examining the overlap between bulimia, anorexia nervosa and other forms of self-injurious behaviour, have helped re-integrate the treatment of eating disorders into the rest of psychiatry." - Martin Guha, Librarian, Kings College Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK