Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

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

Controlled Subject

Social service; Clinical psychology

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3614.72 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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