Eating and Elimination Disorders

  • Donald A. Williamson
  • Mary L. Kelley
  • Timothy A. Cavell
  • Rita C. Prather
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Eating and eliminating disorders are among the most common problems of children and adolescents treated in pediatric outpatient settings (Christophersen & Rapoff, 1979). The most common eating disorders of infancy and early childhood are failure to thrive and food refusal. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and obesity are more frequently seen in later childhood and adolescence. Of the eliminating disorders, enuresis and encopresis are most common and are observed primarily in preschoolers and during the elementary-school years. This chapter addresses the diagnosis and assessment of each of these disorders. Each disorder is described, and assessment strategies for differential diagnosis and treatment outcome are reviewed.


Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Binge Eating Bulimia Nervosa Nocturnal Enuresis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald A. Williamson
    • 1
  • Mary L. Kelley
    • 1
  • Timothy A. Cavell
    • 1
  • Rita C. Prather
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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