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

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1. How is the psychodynamic explanation for AN gender bias?

  • Only explains it for females ie Periods
  • Only explains it for males i.e. effects of puberty
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2. Who supported Bruchs theory and why?

  • Mustein - AN children had a lack of control in childhood, food is what they can control
  • 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
  • Mestrovic et al - Children with AN were overfed as children

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. How does Crisps study support the claim that AN develops usually around adolesence

  • They want to become younger to escape the stress of adult life
  • Important time for decisions, stress may cause them to want to regress
  • Important time for life, want to progress past this uncertain time

5. Name one criticism of Crisps Study?

  • Doesn't explain why males have AN
  • Doesn't explain why AN would occur in late adulthood
  • Doesn't explain why under 10's have AN


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