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date: 16 December 2019

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Eating disorders (EDs) are severe and life-threatening illnesses that impact psychological and physical health. Because ED behaviours can result in premature mortality and/or lead to significant impairment, finding effective treatment for EDs is essential. There are ED treatment models for adults and adolescents that have garnered empirical support; however, not all individuals experience full recovery from these approaches. Furthermore, individuals with certain clinical presentations (e.g. affect and emotion regulation deficits) may be even less likely to reach remission using existing models. Due to its affect regulation focus and unique blend of behavioural and Zen principles, DBT may help address aspects of the ED that tend to result in poorer outcomes in traditional treatment models. This chapter provides an overview of the DBT for ED treatment model. It presents rationale for the model, specific components of the model, and a review of preliminary research supporting the use of the model.

Keywords: Eating disorders, DBT, treatment, outcomes, adults, adolescents

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