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Psychology of Health and Disease
This paper discusses the psychology of health and disease through the study of the health profile of a female.
# 100970 | 2,000 words | 8 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses the case of Mary, a female of Aboriginal descent, who is 29 years of age and in generally good physical condition. The writer notes that Mary does have some problems with her weight, which is often in considerable flux, and is concerned about diabetes. In addition, the writer points out that Mary also possesses an inherited genetic disability that runs in her family. This paper approaches the health profile of Mary from a multidimensional perspective. The writer concludes that Mary's health profile reveals not only the importance of a multi-dimensional bio-psychosocial approach to health, but also the extraordinary degree to which psychological, biological and social factors overlap each other as primary determinants of her state of health as revealed in the health profile.

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From the Paper:

"Eating and weight are issues of prominent concern in Mary's life. These concerns are associated with her concern about diabetes given her Aboriginal heritage, as noted above. However, they are also connected to family history concerns as well as personal body image problems in youth. She recognizes this is a socialized model of beauty as being equated with extreme thinness that she has inherited from society. Nonetheless, however, Mary is committed to weight reduction through dieting and exercise. It must be noted, however, that her weight has often been in flux due to her admitted habit of "binge eating" on occasion to cope with severe stress or depression."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Fine, M. and Asch, A. (1985). "Disabled women: Sexism without the pedestal." In Deegan, M.J. and Brooks, N., eds. Women and disability: The double handicap. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, pp.6-22.

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