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(p. 90) Associated features: external and developmental factors 

(p. 90) Associated features: external and developmental factors
(p. 90) Associated features: external and developmental factors

Myra Cooper

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date: 28 May 2020

This chapter provides information on important features associated with bulimia nervosa (BN) (but which are not key diagnostic symptoms). It focuses on factors external to the individual, such as abuse, and factors that have been considered primarily in an external context. Early developmental factors relevant to the disorder are also covered. The first part discusses abuse, sexual, physical, and emotional, in BN. Part two considers the developmental history of BN, focusing on tasks particularly relevant to the disorder. This includes the development of hunger and satiety, and emotional development. The development of self-concept, self-esteem, and gender identity are considered. Part three considers the role of the family. Both general and specific family climate variables, which may have a role in BN, are outlined. In part four, the role of life events, appraisal, coping, and social support is considered.

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