Our experience of the last twenty years with the families of anorexic children and adolescents has shown us that “individual” family therapy sometimes proved difficult to implement, insufficient, or was not always effective for the patient. and his family. In addition to the usual modes of single-family intervention, it therefore seemed appropriate to us to explore other forms of approach that could be beneficial for certain families. We therefore turned to the multi-family approach which had already proven itself in the treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric disorders.Multifamily

After a brief historical reminder on the development of multifamily therapy (tmf) and a review of the literature concerning its applications to tca, we will describe in detail the multifamily intervention project implemented in our service in 2001 and which is currently continuing in various forms. Parent groups have also been created more recently for “atypical” food pathologies in young children, which we will briefly present at the end of the chapter.

Tmf brings together several families around a common problem, with a therapeutic aim. A hybrid cross between group therapy and family therapy, it is the product of pragmatic needs and special circumstances. Three main trends have contributed to its development and its establishment in continents as diverse as North America, South America, and more recently Continental Europe…

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