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Overview of the Contents of This Volume and an Introduction to a Developmental Perspective on Genetic Research in Eating Disorders

James Lock

in The Oxford Handbook of Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders: Developmental Perspectives

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199744459
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199744459.013.0001

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Overview of the Contents of This Volume and an Introduction to a Developmental Perspective on Genetic Research in Eating Disorders

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This chapter provides an introduction and overview to this book. Because eating disorders develop predominantly during childhood and adolescence, there is a need to take a developmental focus on these disorders. The book provides a comprehensive discussion of epidemiology, risk, diagnosis, and treatment through a developmental lens. The second part of this chapter reviews the data about genetics and eating disorders. Recent data suggest that genetic risks appear to be expressed during adolescence. These findings may result from biological and social changes during this period interacting with these genetic risks.

Keywords: Eating disorders; adolescents; children; development; genetics; anorexia nervosa; bulimia nervosa; diagnosis; treatment

Article.  8537 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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