Preadolescents with Eating Disorders Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Preadolescents with Eating Disorders
A review of the research study, "Psychological Characteristics and Biofeedback Mitigation in Preadolescents with Eating Disorders" by Nada.
# 36036 | 900 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2000 | US
Published on Sep 21, 2003 in Medical and Health (Eating Disorders) , Psychology (Eating Disorders)

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This paper reviews the article "Psychological Characteristics and Biofeedback Mitigation in Preadolescents with Eating Disorders" where the author scientifically researches anorexia and bulimia in preadolescent females in Macedonia in order to assess and analyze the relationship between the disorders and the psychological and biological stressors involved. The paper details the method, results and conclusions of this study.


From the Paper:

"According to the author (Nada, 2000) eating disorders like bulimia nervosa and anorexia are not bad habits that will go away with time. Rather, they are life-threatening disorders that can be potentially fatal (Van Haslet, 1993). Adolescents are more prone to this 'disorder' because they are at a stage of life where they are neither considered adults nor are they children any longer. Their social life changes, as does their physical outlook. This then creates a void in their life as they try to adjust the changes. Reevaluation of the self begins leading to doubts of their 'acceptability' in society and within their self. This causes a sense of deprivation and emotional distress that is seen in various forms. It may take the form of rebellion in boys but for girls it usually takes the form of eating disorders. Those girls who become eating disordered at this stage put a halt to this developmental process. In a sense, they announce that they cannot comfortably identify themselves with the significant adults in their lives, nor can they take over the nurturing functions of the parent.
"The outbreak of eating disorders during a particular sub-phase of adolescence suggests the relevance of a different constellation of conflicts. The early adolescent outbreak of eating disorders suggests that the adolescent is profoundly conflicted about leaving childhood. Anorexia and Bulimia are often referred to as modern disorders that are the byproducts of modern societal values and are more commonly found in females (Davison, 1990)."

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