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Culturally sensitive assessment and treatment of eating disorders.

Author: Kempa,-Maureen-L; Thomas,-Anita-Jones
Author Background: Northeastern Illinois U, Chicago, IL, US
Date Spring 2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Eating-Disorders:-The-Journal-of-Treatment-and-Prevention.
Volume/Pages Vol 8(1): 17-30
Subject Matter Women, Cultural Sensitivity; Eatin Disorders; Psychodiagnosis; Racial and Ethnic Differences; Treatment, Caucasians, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans
Abstract The treatment of eating disorders is challenging. Complicating treatment is the belief that eating disorders exist primarily in young, White, American women. This article discusses the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in culturally diverse clients. Incorporated within is the relationships of acculturation, immigration, and ethnic identity to eating disorders. In addition, culturally specific symptoms, worldviews, and values of Caucasians, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans are discussed. Identifying risk factors and understanding the influence of culture on presenting symptoms assists in culturally sensitive treatment. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)(journal abstract)