Adapting treatment in an eating disorder program to meet the needs of patients with ARFID: Three case reports

Renee D. Rienecke, Amy Drayton, Rebekah L. Richmond, Kathleen A. Mammel

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Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) was introduced in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Three different subtypes of ARFID are described: individuals who seem disinterested in eating, those who avoid certain foods because of a sensitivity to specific characteristics of the food, and those who are concerned about an aversive experience associated with eating. There is currently no first-line treatment for ARFID. Three case studies are presented of patients with ARFID who participated in a family-based partial hospitalization program/intensive outpatient program for eating disorders. A description of the course of treatment is included, as well as ways in which the eating disorder program adapted treatment to more closely meet the unique needs of these patients. An approach with emphasis on parental involvement seems promising, although research is needed to investigate this more fully.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-303
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder
  • case report
  • eating disorders
  • feeding disorders
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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