Title The Psychology of Eating Disorders
Author Christine L.B. Selby
ISBN 9780826155016
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 210
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
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Offers a clear, concise, up-to-date introduction to eating disorders for students in the health professions


This is a concise, accessible introduction to eating disorders for undergraduate and graduate students in psychology, as well as those specializing in health education and nutrition. Easy to read and grounded in DSM-5 definitions and the most up-to-date research, the text is designed for students in the health professions as well as health professionals seeking a basic understanding of the challenges associated with their diagnoses and treatment.

Written by a licensed psychologist and certified eating disorders specialist, the book describes what eating disorders are and are not, who is likely to develop them, and signs and symptoms of specific disorders. It discusses biological, medical, psychological, interpersonal, and socio-cultural risk factors, and helps the reader to identify those who are at risk for experiencing an eating disorder and how to refer them for evaluation. Scenarios reflect the wide spectrum of people who suffer from eating disorders including young and old, male and female, and athlete and non-athlete. Uniquely, the book also covers the range of reactions someone—including treatment providers—can have to an individual diagnosed with an eating disorder. The text also delivers strategies for treatment and prevention, with overviews of their effectiveness. Print version of the book includes free, searchable, digital access to its entire contents.

Key Features:

  • Provides an easy-to-read introduction to the full range of eating disorders
  • Discusses risk factors and warning signs of eating disorders
  • Discusses evidence-based treatment approaches and prevention
  • Considers long-term effects of eating disorders
  • Includes illustrative narratives of diverse individuals with EDs
  • Authored by a certified eating disorders specialist




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Part I: Eating Disorders: What Are They and Who Has Them?

Chapter 1. The Primary Eating Disorder Diagnoses: General Description, History, and Myths • Introduction • Anorexia Nervosa • Bulimia Nervosa • Binge Eating Disorder • Common Myths of Eating Disorders • Conclusion • References


Chapter 2. Signs and Symptoms • Introduction • General Signs of Eating Disorders • Signs and Symptoms of Specific Eating Disorders • Related Syndromes and Disorders • Conclusion • References


Chapter 3. Age, Sex, Race, and Socioeconomic Status • Introduction • Age • Sex • Race/Ethnicity • Socioeconomic Status • Conclusion • References


Chapter 4. Unique Populations • Introduction • Athletes • Autism Spectrum Disorder • Intellectual Disabilities • Older Adults • Physical Disabilities • Religion • Conclusion • References


Part II: Risk Factors, Corrolates, and Consequences Associated With Eating Disorders

Chapter 5. Biological and Medical Factors • Introduction • Biological Factors • Medical Factors • Conclusion • References


Chapter 6. Psychological Factors • Introduction • Weight Concerns • Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders • Personality Factors • Conclusion • References


Chapter 7. Interpersonal and Sociocultural Factors • Introduction • Interpersonal Factors • Sociocultural Factors • Conclusion • References

Part III: Identifying and Referring Those Who Are at Risk

Chapter 8. Screening and Assessment • Introduction • Screening • SCOFF Screening Tool • Assessment • Conclusion • References


Chapter 9. Making an Effective Referral • Introduction • First Line of Defense • What Happens When a Referral Is Made • How Can One Increase the Chances That There Will Be Follow Through on the Referral? • Conclusion • References


Chapter 10. Identifying and Managing Reactions to Individuals With Eating Disorders • Introduction • Countertransference • The Importance of Having Others to Talk to • Conclusion • References


Part IV: Prevention and Treatment

Chapter 11. Prevention • Introduction • Types of Prevention • Eating Disorders Prevention • Combined Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention • Prevention in Middle School • Internet-Based Prevention Programs • Conclusion • References


Chapter 12. Treatment • Introduction • Treatment Team • Levels of Care • Involuntary Treatment • Mode of Treatment • Treatment Approaches • Conclusion • References


Chapter 13. Scenarios • Scenario 1: Suzanne, a 10-Year-Old, Throws Food Away at Lunch • Scenario 2: Stephen, a 14-Year-Old High School Student, Was Bullied Because of His Weight • Scenario 3: Brenda, a 19-Year-Old College Student, Has a History of Eating Disorders • Scenario 4: Joyce, a 55-Year-Old Married Mother of Three Adult Children • Scenario 5: Jacinta, a 20-Year-Old Competitive Collegiate Student-Athlete • Scenario 6: Alex, an 18-Year-Old High School Wrestler


Appendix: Professional Organizations and Their Official Stand on Eating Disorders



About the Author:

Christine L. B. Selby, PhD, CEDS, is an associate professor of psychology at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, and a licensed psychologist in part-time private practice. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP).
                She is currently a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), the IAEDP, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and the American Psychological Association (APA). Christine was co-founder of the AASP Eating Disorders Special Interest Group in 2008 and served as co-chair of this group until 2014. She has also been active with the Society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology—a division of the APA—serving as president-elect, president, and past-president from 2012 to 2015.
                Dr. Selby has published primarily in the area of eating disorders in athletes for nonacademic audiences. She has presented locally and nationally on eating disorders and related topics at professional conferences, to allied professionals who work directly with those dealing with eating disorders and related concerns, and on issues related to anti-fat bias and countertransference. Christine has been interviewed for sport-focused podcasts and articles for online and print trade magazines including Runner’s World and The Costco Connection.
                Dr. Selby is the author of Chilling Out: The Psychology of Relaxation, and The Body Size and Health Debate.

Target Audience:

This is a concise, accessible introduction to eating disorders for undergraduate and graduate students in psychology, as well as those specializing in health education and nutrition.


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