Family Safety Net for Eating Disorders is a study of family therapy for eating and weight problems. This study is for female-identifying teens and young adults ages 12-22 who live at home with parents or guardians willing to participate in the treatment. The study involves 16 sessions of family therapy, where teens and their families will learn skills to repair family attachment bonds and reduce problematic eating symptoms.
Family Safety Net for EDs also involves assessments intended to see how effective the treatment sessions are. These assessments will occur before treatment begins, three times during treatment, at the end of treatment, and at 3 months after the treatment is completed.
Therapy sessions and assessments will take place over videoconference (Zoom) due to COVID-19 safety concerns, but they may transition to in-person if it is deemed safe to do so. If you are not local to the Philadelphia area, you may complete all the therapy sessions and assessments remotely.
This study is being led by Dr. Stephanie Manasse, the Director of the WELL Center's Child and Adolescent Program. The Child and Adolescent Program is dedicated to producing rigorous clinical research and evidence-based treatment for adolescents experiencing weight and eating disorders.
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