Prevention of Eating Disorders

Edited by Dwight L. Evans, Edna B. Foa, Raquel E. Gur, Herbert Hendin, Charles P. O'Brien, Martin E.P. Seligman and B. Timothy Walsh

in Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders

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Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195173642
Published online August 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199951024 | DOI:

Series: Adolescent Mental Health Initiative

 Prevention of Eating Disorders

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For any disorder, understanding the risk factors, or variables that predict the development of the disorder, is vital to prevention efforts. In eating disorders, considerable progress has been made in identifying risk factors for the development of the syndrome of bulimia nervosa and for a number of the behavioral and psychological symptoms of eating disorders; however, much less is know about risk factors for anorexia nervosa. Through recent efforts we have begun to identify risk factors and to examine how they increase the probability that an eating disorder will develop. This information is being used to inform rational prevention efforts.

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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