AQA A2 Psychology Unit 3 - Eating Behaviour - Anorexia Nervosa - Psychological Psychodynamic

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1. Who supported Bruchs theory and why?

  • Steiner et al - Parents of children with AN had a tendency to define childrens needs
  • Steiner et al - Parents of children with AN, would overcompensate their child's emotions with food
  • Mustein - AN children had a lack of control in childhood, food is what they can control
  • Mestrovic et al - Children with AN were overfed as children
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2. What is the concept behind Bruch's psychodynamic theory of Anorexia Nervosa?

  • Inadequate parenting by ineffective parents causes AN
  • Inappropriate feeding causes AN
  • Inadequate parenting through lack of control caused AN

3. Why is the psychodynamic explanation culturally bias?

  • Only takes into account western norms and values towards food
  • Only takes into account eastern values towards food

4. What did Button and Warren (2001) find with AN patients?

  • They need someone to control their lives, rely on the opinions of others
  • They cannot control their lives, so control their food in restrictions, however only for short amounts of time
  • They control their own lives, but in childhood they couldn't control the amount they ate

5. What happens to the overall body appearance with AN, and how does this support Crisps Theory?

  • Delays growth, prepubescent = fear of growing up, regressive back
  • Increases growth = more independent, seen as an adult in society
  • Delays growth = individuals are treated like children and so become younger


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