Biological Explanations of AN

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1. Issue of neural explanations

  • Reductionistic, more holistic model: Diathesis stress model
  • Too simplistic, alternative model involving biology and psychological factors
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2. Who suggested that girls will repress sexual maturation in unfavourable conditions by using extreme weight loss to do so?

  • Becker et al.
  • Surbey
  • Kaye et al.

3. Issue of Bulik et al

  • No support suggesting that there is actually a genetic vulnerability to AN
  • No causal relationship can be established
  • Too simplistic to suggest that AN is dependent upon development in pregnancy

4. 2 Issue of sexual maturation repression theory

  • Too simplistic and gender bias
  • Cannot be applied to modern day and too simplistic
  • Gender bias, cannot be applied to men, causing difficulty in treating men AND isn't evolutionary as it doesn't aid survival, AN causes death, 20% of sufferers die from it
  • Gender bias and cannot be considered evolutionary

5. What experiment found a link between premature birth and developing AN?

  • Lindberg and Hjem
  • Favaro et al.
  • Bulik et al.


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