Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)
Family lunch is a diagnostic and therapeutic tool used in the therapy of anorexia nervosa. A family meal is arranged and observed by the therapist. This gives the therapist an opportunity to observe family transactions, structural characteristics, and functional disturbances in this vital area of family life. The therapist further has the opportunity to intervene directly in the family's interactional pattern(s).