MN577 Walden University Anorexia and Bulimia in Adolescents Paper

Assignment: Theoretical Paper

Developmental theories attempt to explain the changes that humans undergo throughout the life span—from infancy through late adulthood. These changes include, but are not limited to, cognitive development, emotional changes, language acquisition, and identity and personality formation. Different theories account for this development in different ways, but there are two major philosophical viewpoints: that change occurs continuously, in a gradual and cumulative fashion, or that change occurs discontinuously, in separate areas and stages, with different behaviors being characteristic of each stage of development. Within each perspective, there are many individual developmental theories.

To prepare for this assignment, consider the developmental theories and social influences discussed in Week 1 and changes that occur in adolescence. Select one theory and one social influence to use for this assignment, and research how they account for and influence eating disorders in adolescents.

The Assignment (5–7 pages)

  • Discuss the theory and social influence you selected in terms of the following elements:
    • How they account for anorexia, bulimia, and overeating in adolescents
    • Theory-based interventions that could be used to address these disorders
  • Support your analysis with findings from research.

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.

Readings

  • Halse, C., Honey, A., & Boughtwood, D. (2007). Living with anorexia nervosa. In Inside anorexia: The experiences of girls and their families (pp. 15–30). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Boutelle, K. N., Hannan, P., Fulkerson, J. A., Crow, S. J., & Stice, E. (2010). Obesity as a prospective predictor of depression in adolescent females. Health Psychology, 29(3), 293–298.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Pratt, K. J., Lamson, A. L., Collier, D. N., Crawford, Y. S., Harris, N., Gross, K., & Saporito, M. (2009). Camp golden treasures: A multidisciplinary weight-loss and a healthy lifestyle camp for adolescent girls. Families, Systems, & Health, 27(1), 116–124.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Starkey, K., & Wade, T. (2010). Disordered eating in girls with type 1 diabetes: Examining directions for prevention. Clinical Psychologist, 14(1), 2–9.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Stice, E., Presnell, K., & Spangler, D. (2002). Risk factors for binge eating onset in adolescent girls: A 2-year prospective investigation. Health Psychology, 21(2), 131–138.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

  • Wang, S. S., Houshyar, S., & Prinstein, M. J. (2006). Adolescent girls’ and boys’ weight-related health behaviors and cognitions: Associations with reputation- and preference-based peer status. Health Psychology, 25(5), 658–663.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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