Psychology Explanations for Anorexia Nervosa

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1. What did Becker find when TV was introduced to Fiji?

  • Greater desire to put on weight
  • Body views changed & greater desire to lose weight
  • Wanted to make more Western channels available to them
  • They objected to the Western 'ideal'
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2. Why is ineffective parenting a risk factor?

  • Confuses internal needs, child seeks greater control
  • Child doesn't want to seek help
  • It's not. Peers are a greater risk factor in influencing.
  • Influences their future parenting

3. Apart from perfectionism what other personality trait do AN's frequently have?

  • Impulsiveness
  • Dizziness
  • Positivity
  • Optimism

4. What did France do to try and prevent media influences on AN?

  • Sign a Charter of Goodwill - diversity of body types in media
  • More diverse models chosen for Paris Fashion Week
  • Started broadcasting anti-dieting programmes
  • Organisation targeting adolescents believed to be at risk of AN

5. What can dieting amongst peers lead to?

  • Unhealthy weight control behaviours (Diet Pills)
  • Controlled dieting with effective outcomes
  • Continued negative attitudes towards weight
  • Jealousy and fall-outs


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