Support for parents of children with anorexia: What parents want

Anne HONEY, Desiree BOUGHTWOOD, Simon CLARKE, Christine Margaret HALSE, Michael KOHN, Sloane MADDEN

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Parents' encounters with health professionals can influence their ability to cope with having a daughter with anorexia nervosa. Using qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with 24 parents, we examine the question “What support do parents of teenage girls with anorexia want from clinicians?” The analysis shows that parents wanted clinicians to include them in treatment, support and guide them in their daughters' care, and demonstrate positive attitudes toward them. The implications for clinicians are discussed, including being sensitive to parents' vulnerability, ensuring congruence between clinicians' and parents' expectations about treatment, and strengthening formal channels of communication. Copyright © 2007 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-51
JournalEating Disorders
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


Honey, A., Boughtwood, D., Clarke, S., Halse, C., Kohn, M., & Madden, S. (2007). Support for parents of children with anorexia: What parents want. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention, 16(1), 40-51.

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