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(p. 57) Functional Assessment of Eating Disorders and Their Maintenance 

(p. 57) Functional Assessment of Eating Disorders and Their Maintenance
(p. 57) Functional Assessment of Eating Disorders and Their Maintenance

Carolyn Black Becker

, Nicholas R. Farrell

, and Glenn Waller

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date: 25 February 2020

One shared feature between eating disorders and anxiety-based disorders is the functional relationship between fears and associated avoidance and safety behaviors. Patients with eating disorders are individuals; thus, they will experience different symptoms. The clinician’s task is to understand those symptoms and plan treatment accordingly. That understanding is much easier when clinicians’ focus their assessment on both the short- and long-term functions that eating disorder behaviors serve. Identifying those functions allows clinicians to engage their patients and their family in making changes, because patients and families will understand that their existing responses are not working and are worsening the ED symptoms.

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