Growing Up in Pain: Anorexia Nervosa and Family Therapy in a Chinese Context
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AbstractDespite the increasing visibility and complexity of anorexia nervosa (AN) in Chinese societies such as Hong Kong, family treatment for Chinese children and youths suffering from AN has been inadequately documented in the literature. In this chapter, the author will describe conceptualization of the disorder in the light of a systemic and developmental framework; describe the process of contextualizing the symptoms of AN; identify critical issues pertinent to treatment success; and highlight the therapist’s roles in the healing journey of patients with AN, using a case illustration. More importantly, the author will critically appraise, through a cultural lens, key family therapy concepts, namely emotional enmeshment versus emotional disengagement, boundary and cross-generational collusion, which have restrained the parent/s and the patient to join hands together to drive away the disorder.
Acceptance Date01/02/2017
All Author(s) ListJoyce L.C. Ma
All Editor(s) ListIgnacio Jauregui-Lobera
Book titleEating Disorders - A Paradigm of the Biopsychosocial Model of Illness
PublisherIn Tech
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsanorexia nervosa, family therapy, Chinese, growing up, pain

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