Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Anorexia Nervosa is primarily a disorder of the adolescent female. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-111-R) (American Psychiatric Association, 1987), the age of onset is usually early to late adolescence (12-18), although it can range from prepuberty to the early 30s (rare) with a gender-specific psychopathology of 95% female. The cardinal feature of anorexia is the relentless pursuit of thinness, often leading to life-threatening weight loss. This pursuit of thinness becomes associated with intense fears about eating, gaining weight, getting fat, and losing control over food intake. A mortality rate between 5% and 18% is indicated by DSM-111-R studies.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Educational Administration and Counseling
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©1991 Mary Tonkin
Tonkin, Mary, "Anorexia nervosa: A family systems perspective" (1991). Graduate Research Papers. 3446.