Master of Social Work (MSW)
First Committee Member
Linda K. Santangelo
Number of Pages
Children with anorexia nervosa have often been overlooked or misdiagnosed because of the lack of understanding and clarity surrounding early onset. This study was aimed to help clarify ambiguities by exploring the similarities and differences of early- and later-onset anorexia nervosa. Results from case studies of a female child, adolescent, and adult diagnosed with anorexia nervosa are presented. Findings from the case studies indicate several similarities between the two onsets such as comparable demographic characteristics, diagnostic features, symptoms of associated mental disorders, personality characteristics, and etiological factors. Findings also infer some differences that include variance in prognoses, severity of physical complications, levels of self-esteem, and clinical presentation. Implications for social work and future research are also discussed.
Anorexia; Early; Exploration; Later; Nervosa; Onset
Social service; Clinical psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Duddy, Jennifer Claire, "Anorexia nervosa: An exploration of early- and later-onset" (1998). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 867.
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