Psychological Explanations of Anorexia Nervosa

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1. Petkova's study found what?

  • Positive correlation between severity of AN and level of perfectionism?
  • Media influence were one of the main cause for developing a fear of putting on weight?
  • Media influences are one of the main causes of AN
  • Introduction of tv in Fiji lead to teenage girls reporting an desire to lose weight
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2. What study found that when tv was introduced to Fiji, teenage girls developed a desire to lose weight?

  • Becker et al.
  • Yamamiya et al.
  • Bruch
  • Butler and Montgometry

3. Evaluative point of personality being the cause of AN

  • No supportive research, lowering validity of the theory as you cannot be sure personality's effect on disorder is being measured
  • Causal relationship can be established as its personality causes the disorder
  • No causal relationship can be established as its unknown whether which cause the other or whether there is any cause and effect relationship
  • Personality is very subjective

4. What does Halmi et al's research suggest about what causes AN?

  • Its caused by a genetic vulnerability of perfectionism that runs in families
  • AN is a genetic disorder passed down through families
  • Perfectionism is the main cause of AN
  • There's no relationship between perfectionism and the development of AN

5. Which study found that anorexics were finished a task very quickly even though they reported that they weren't impulsive?

  • Strober et al.
  • Butler and Montgomery
  • Jones and Buckingham
  • Halmi et al.


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