Steven Levenkron

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Steven Levenkron (born 1941) is an American psychotherapist and writer known for his research into anorexia nervosa and self-injury.[1] He lives in New York, where his practice is based.

Levenkron started his research in 1970 and later took part in the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.[2] He gained popularity due to his 1978 novel The Best Little Girl in the World, which was recognized as a Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association[3] and which later formed the basis of the American Broadcasting Company's television film The Best Little Girl in the World.[4][5]

His notable clients included Karen Carpenter, who died in 1983.[6][7]

In 1998, W. W. Norton & Company published Levenkron's non-fiction book Cutting, Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation. In the book, he insisted that self-injury was not related to suicide in essentials.[8]

His book The Luckiest Girl in the World is the original work of the 2000 television movie Secret Cutting, produced by USA Network.[9][10]

Levenkron's website states that his patient recovery rate is over 90%.[11]


  • stolen tomorrows, 2007
  • Treating and Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa, 1982
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 1991
  • Cutting, Understanding & Overcoming Self-Mutilation, 1998
  • Anatomy of Anorexia, 2000
  • The Best Little Girl in the World - work of fiction, also produced as a movie
  • The Luckiest Girl in the World - work of fiction, also produced as a movie under the title Secret Cutting
  • Kessa - work of fiction

the 8 books above have all been translated into 7 different foreign languages


  1. ^ Edwards, Tamala M. (November 9, 1998). "What the Cutters Feel". Time. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Luckiest Girl in the World". Penguin Group. Retrieved August 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Levenkron, Steven : The Best Little Girl in the World". New York University. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Becker, Daniel (2005). This Mean Disease: Growing Up in the Shadow of My Mother's Anorexia Nervosa. Gurze Books. Google Books. Retrieved on August 24, 2010.
  5. ^ "The BEST LITTLE GIRL IN THE WORLD (1981)". British Film Institute. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ Lawson, Carol (March 22, 1985). "DOCTORS CITE EMETIC ABUSE". The New York Times. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ Solomon, Michelle (April 10, 2002). "Stars Vulnerable To Anorexia, Expert Says". KIRO-TV. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "New court papers tell of Phoebe's dark last day". Irish Independent. April 18, 2010. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ Mann, Denise (May 3, 2004). "When Scab-Picking, Cutting Becomes Addictive". MedicineNet. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Painful Secrets (US Version)". YesAsia. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
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