Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Laurel Bidwell


Social Work


The purpose of this study was to explore the nuances of Family-Based Treatment (FBT) in a clinical setting, as well as the areas of growth and development within the use and implementation of this treatment modality as it relates to adolescents with eating disorders. Qualitative interviews were conducted with four mental health clinicians who primarily use FBT in their work with adolescents with eating disorders. Through the use of grounded theory methodology, each interview was audio-recorded, transcribed, and coded over the course of a month to produce four main themes. The most common themes within the interview transcripts included: 1) FBT process, 2) FBT supports the family system, 3) FBT commitment, and 4) FBT development. Through the use of these four themes, the current research study further highlighted the importance of incorporating the family system into the recovery process of their adolescent with an eating disorder and revealed the important distinctions that are contained within this treatment modality.

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