How do family dynamics affect the prognosis of anorexia nervosa?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Bettina E Bernstein, DO; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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A good relationship between the parent and child tends toward a more favorable outcome. There may be a poorer prognosis among patients from single-parent families, from families in which parents have been married before, and from families in which several generations live together, possibly owing to greater expression of negative emotions in the household. [44, 68] Indeed, joint family therapy is not as effective as separated family therapy if there is a high level of negative emotional expressivity (eg, high levels of maternal criticism). [3]

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