`A readable book that contains simplified information of some complicated concepts. It will prove of benefit to those readers in the field of women and social studies' - European Eating Disorders Review The concepts presented in this book are carefully argued, succinctly organized, and genuinely stimulating.... It provokes clinicians to think about treatment and the effect of diagnostic practices, it provokes researchers to ask different questions, and it provokes students to read beyond dominant and conventional texts. This is a timely and important publication that deserves to feature prominently in the ongoing study of anorexia nervosa' - Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology

The Multiplicity and Diversity of the Causes of Anorexia Nervosa

The multiplicity and diversity of the causes of anorexia nervosa

In the previous chapter I analysed constructions of gender and identity and their effects on the capacity to explain males with anorexia nervosa and non-pathological aspects of anorexia nervosa. Many of the issues that I discussed are also relevant to the numerous endeavours made by researchers, medical scientists in particular, to locate the cause of anorexia nervosa. Femininity and/or being female is a predisposing factor for diagnosis and female identity is a key construct in articulating the development of psycho-pathology that maintains the anorexic state. These areas of enquiry are elaborated on throughout this chapter on the multiplicity of causes of anorexia nervosa. The identification of ...

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