Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician's Guide

Editor : Charlynn Small, Editor : Mazella Fuller

Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician's Guide

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : July 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Eating Disorders
  • Catalogue No : 95136
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367820640
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367820
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The first of its kind, this edited volume provides in-depth, culturally sensitive material intended for addressing the unique concerns of Black women with eating disorders in addition to comprehensive discussions and treatment guidelines for this population.

The contributing authors-all of whom are Black professionals providing direct care to Black women-offer a range of perspectives to help readers understand the whole experience of their Black female clients. This includes not only discussion of their clients' physical health but also of their emotional lives and the ways in which the stresses of racism, discrimination, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences can contribute to disordered eating. Through a wealth of diverse voices and stories, chapters boldly tackle issues such as stereotypes and acculturative stress.

Clinicians of any race will gain new tools for assessing, diagnosing, and treating disordered eating in Black women and will be empowered to provide better care for their clients.

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"The intersection of clinical expertise, lived experience, and compassion is where therapeutic magic, otherwise known as sound, evidence-based care that seeks to liberate not pathologize, happens. The clinician authors of "Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician's Guide" have harnessed that magic and make an invaluable scholarly contribution which broadens the much needed evidence base and knowledge on this topic. A must read for every mental health provider who works with and cares about the well being of Black women and their self actualization." - Nerine Tatham, MD, General Psychiatrist, Diplomate in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


Dr. Small and Dr. Fuller have compiled an essential reading list about the nuances of treating Black women struggling with eating disorders. This groundbreaking work starts a very necessary conversation that not only expands our understanding of the recognition, assessment and treatment of eating disorders among Black women, but deepens our understanding of the core nature of eating disorders for all as disorders rooted in experiences of marginalization and voicelessness. - Norman H. Kim, PhD, National Director for Program Development, Reasons Eating Disorder Center.


Thirty-eight years after Gilligan's ground-breaking book "In a Different Voice" asserted that all people aren't male, Small and Fuller enlighten the eating disorders' world that all women aren't Caucasian. Twenty in-depth chapters cover every topic imaginable, written with passion, insight, expertise and lived experience. Research outcomes blend beautifully with poignant case studies and tools for treatment. More than just a "what to do" book, this is a heartfelt treatise on how to "feel", to inhabit another's world, to broach issues of race and identity and build the therapeutic alliance crucial to providing patients with the quality treatment they deserve. - Adrienne Ressler LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp, Vice President of Professional Development at The Renfrew Center Foundation.

About the Editor(s)

Charlynn Small, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the University of Richmond in Virginia. She received her PhD at Howard University and is an advocate for eating disorders awareness.

Mazella Fuller, PhD, is a psychiatric social worker at Duke University. She attended Smith College for social work in Northampton, Massachusetts and completed her clinical training at UMASS Amherst.

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