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By: Cynthia R. Kalodner, Janelle W. Coughlin & Margaret Seide

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 38: Psychoeducational and Counseling Groups to Prevent and Treat Eating Disorders and Disturbances

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Psychoeducational and Counseling Groups to Prevent and Treat Eating Disorders and Disturbances
Psychoeducational and counseling groups to prevent and treat eating disorders and disturbances
Cynthia R. KalodnerJanelle W. CoughlinMargaret Seide

Groups of various types are widely used to prevent and treat individuals with eating disorders and disturbances. Several therapeutic properties of groups may be especially useful in helping clients work through issues typically associated with eating disorders, including body image disturbance, preoccupation with food and weight, secrecy, shame, and isolation. Groups offer the support of peers (Illing, Tasca, Balfour, & Bissada, 2011; Oesterheld, McKenna, & Gould, 1987; Zimpfer, 1990) and provide a safe forum for identifying distorted beliefs, self-perceptions, and expectations that drive dieting behaviors. They also provide a social context for reality testing some of ...

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