Cultures idealizing thinness, pressure from peers to fit in, and constant images of bodily perfection shown by mass media, along with additional physiological and psychological factors, can combine to create the perfect storm for adolescents struggling with eating disorders. For this Assignment, choose one peer-reviewed research study about eating disorders that focuses on a minority group of adolescents. Consider connections between physiological development, adolescence, and eating disorders.
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Submit a 2- to 4-page paper for which you articulate a position on eating disorders in adolescent girls from diverse racial and cultural experiences. Explain how the position is related to the biological and/or physiological development as well as psychological development of adolescent girls. Further, explain how such findings can inform evidence-based social work practice. Please use the Learning Resources and the research study you identified to support your answer.
References to use:
Zastrow, C. H., & Kirst-Ashman, K. K. (2016). Understanding human behavior and the social environment (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Chapter 6 (pp. 295-332)
Melchert, T. P. (2015). Assessment. In Biopsychosocial Practice : A Science-based Framework for Behavioral Health Care (pp. 149-182). Washington, District of Columbia: American Psychological Association.
Cheney, A. M. (2011). Most girls want to be skinny: Body (dis)satisfaction among ethnically diverse women. Qualitative Health Research, 21(10), 1347–1359.