Ethnographic Case of an Anorexia Nervosa Patient Case Study by Nicky

Ethnographic Case of an Anorexia Nervosa Patient
Reviews a nursing case from an ethnographic perspective of a female anorexia nervosa patient whose family immigrated from Bombay.
# 120385 | 1,155 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper presents a case study of a young woman recently immigrated from Bombay to the US who is suffering from anorexia nervosa. T
The paper first relates that this case must be explained within the context of Indian society that demands close attention to cultural ideals of beauty and issues related to social class status. Next, the paper describes the use of the exploratory model to reveal differences in Indian and American societies. The paper underscores that this model is especially useful investigating psychological issues in cultures where seeking help in this area is stigmatic.

From the Paper:

"What Shahin's parents saw in their daughter is the dramatic weight loss. Their focusing on the physical aspects of the condition is common and is not directly related to cultural perspectives because all parents should be worried about the immediate health ramifications of dramatic weight loss. However, culture played a huge role in shaping their reaction to the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa. The condition is uncommon in India, but malnourishment is an issue that is deeply feared and associated with poverty and low social status."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kleinman, A. & Benson, P. (2006). Anthropology in the Clinic: The Problem of Cultural Competency and How to Fix It. Retrieved Oct 12, 2008 from PubMed:
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN). Web site retrieved oct 12, 2008 from

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Ethnographic Case of an Anorexia Nervosa Patient (2010, June 11) Retrieved March 01, 2024, from

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"Ethnographic Case of an Anorexia Nervosa Patient" 11 June 2010. Web. 01 March. 2024. <>