A Psychological Analysis Of Anorexia Nervosa

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Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa has serious effects on society, therefore it is important to analyze whether or not doctors consider this disorder to be caused by psychological and/or biological factors. There are several different psychological aspects to this illness that influence both the development and recovery of an individual. The National Eating Disorder Associations website states “No one knows exactly what causes eating disorders, but a growing consensus suggests that a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors come together to spark an eating disorder” (NEDA, 2016). This allows researchers to have more factors that they can base their studies off of that will help them understand anorexia nervosa better. This …show more content…

When looking at the psychological influences of anorexia nervous there are many different factors which can play a role in the development of an individual’s illness. With that being said the amount of studies that are done alone on these psychological characteristics are extensive, and seem to be primarily focused on how factors like guilt, negative self-image, lack of control in their life, etc. According to the research study Shame and Pride in Anorexia Nervosa: A Qualitative Descriptive Study, conducted by Finn Skarderud, he states “Understanding the role of shame in the therapeutic relationship can be useful for enabling therapists to persevere, by gaining an understanding of the behavior” (Skarderud, pg. 95, 2007). As a result of Skarderud findings, it reveals how therapists can assess shame in a patient with anorexia nervosa to get a better understanding of how it influenced the development of their eating disorder. Furthermore, Kristen M. Culbert who wrote Research Review: What We Have Learned about the Causes of Eating Disorders a Synthesis of Sociocultural, Psychological, and Biological Research, (which as stated in the article addresses the gap that is created by research only focusing on one level of analysis when it comes to eating disorders, including anorexia), Culbert …show more content…

For instance, as mentioned earlier the research conducted by Kristen M. Culbert looks at the gap in research conducted on anorexia nervosa, which brings to researcher’s attention the aspects on this mental illness that they are not looking into. If other researchers were able to conduct different studies on information in this gap, then they might have a better understanding as to what influences anorexia nervosa. However; when it comes to research informed practice we cannot just be looking at research about what the causes of anorexia nervosa is, researchers need to be analyzing how effective treatment is in order to evaluate what needs to be changed and noting what works. Jordan Sibeoni analyzed the treatment of anorexia nervosa in the article Metasynthesis of the Views about Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa in Adolescents: Perspectives of Adolescents, Parents, and Professionals (which was specifically interested in the importance of dialog between adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa, their parents, and healthcare providers). According to the article their results show “suggest that dialogue between adolescents, parents, and professionals about treatment—its targets and the barriers to a therapeutic relationship—is

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