Anorexia nervosa and eating disorders: Hospital treatment models

Umberto Balottin, Giorgio Rossi, Fabio Zambonin, Giovanni Lanzi

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The authors describe their experience in hospital treatment of anorexia which dates back To more than 30 years. The therapeutical model they propose is part of a global program taking into account both the somatic and psychological aspects of patients and their families to exploit all the available resources for a positive outcome. Work in hospital is based on four main areas of intervention: control and treatment of the medico-biological conditions, the individual psychotherapeutical process for as long as necessary, maternage and environmental intervention, negotiation of rules and contract and psychotherapy with families. The authors dwell on specific objectives: -independence of the family and the presence of stable affective and professional relations; - the capacity to critically evaluate the anorexic conduct, a correct perception of one's body and needs and relinquishment of the ideal of extreme thinness; -acquisition of the insight skills; - the possibility to judge oneself and the others, without resorting to denials or massive regressions and the capacity to recognize "the others" with all their differences, even at the sexual level. Finally the differences between inpatient treatment and day hospital treatment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-77
Number of pages9
JournalSAGGI - Neuropsicologia Infantile Psicopedagogia Riabilitazione
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Adolescence
  • Anorexia
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychiatric hospital treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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