Mumford and Whitehouse (1988)

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  • Mumford and Whitehouse (1988)
    • Aim: Very few cases of anorexia or bulimia were reported in non-whites
      • See if eating disorders do occur fewer in British Asian girls than their white counter parts
    • Procedure
      • Girls aged 14-16 from 4 different schools
        • Total sample size was 559 = 204 Asians and 355 whites
      • Girls were given an eating attitudes test and a body shape questionnaire
      • People who scored high enough on either of the tests were taken into interviews
      • where their history was collected and examined too look for eating disorders.
      • Researchers discussed and 22 Asian girls and 32 white grils were interviewed.
    • Results
      • Significant difference between the groups ain the eating attitudes test
        • no difference between the body shape questionnaire.
      • Of those who went to the interviews 7 Asian girls and 2 whites were diagnosed with bulimia
      • On Asian and no whites diagnosed with anorexia.
    • Evaluation
      • Strenghts
        • Sample was large so can be generalized to other schoolgirls.
        • Reliability was high as multiple researchers came to a joint decision - inter relater reliability
      • Weaknesses
        • Age range was very limited so isn't possible to say whether the same results would be found for older women and younger girls.
        • Girls may have felt  like they had to be careful how they answered.
        • The DSM was used to diagnose. There is evidence to suggest that the DSM was not reliable for children.


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