Tailoring Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Binge Eating in Adolescent Girls

Bobbi Jo Yarborough, Lynn L. DeBar, Alison Firemark, Sue Leung, Gregory N. Clarke, G. Terence Wilson

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Whereas effective treatments exist for adults with recurrent binge eating, developmental factors specific to adolescents point to the need for a modified treatment approach for youth. We adapted an existing cognitive behavioral therapy treatment manual for adults with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder (Fairburn, 2008) for use with adolescents. This paper presents a number of clinical case vignettes, drawn directly from interactions with teen participants, that illustrate some of the developmental factors common to adolescents-as well as the importance of our adaptations to address for these factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-170
Number of pages9
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology


  • Adolescents
  • Binge eating
  • CBT
  • Developmental factors

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