soci303-part 2

soci303-part 2 - Proposal Phase II March 27, 2007 I....

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Proposal Phase II March 27, 2007 I. Variables 1. DV- presence of an eating disorder The main focus of the research is testing variables for their association with eating disorder presence. 2. IV- age Eating disorder sufferers are most often women and those of college age are the most affected. Thus, age is a key variable for eating disorder presence, so it will be important to know the age of the participants. 3. IV- self-esteem Development of an eating disorder requires that an individual have a negative body, which can be caused by factors such as insecurity and unrealistic body ideals. 4. IV- education level College-aged women are the most susceptible to eating disorders. Yet, it is a necessary variable to determine if actually attending college or simply being of college-age is a relevant factor in eating disorder development. 5. IV- media exposure The media presents—and in some cases bombards—us with ideals for many aspects of our lives. Body image is one such ideal, and it is often unattainable and unrealistic for the average woman. Twenty-five percent of models can be diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in accord with the American Psychiatric Association (Hesse-Biber, Sharlene Nagy 3). 6. IV- sexism Those of the female sex are more likely to have eating disorders, so the extent to which women agree with sexist concepts may have an effect on the development of eating disorders. II. Conceptual Definitions 1. eating disorder - a disorder of the normal eating routine a. anorexia nervosa: a disorder usually occurring primarily in young women that is characterized by an abnormal fear of becoming obese, a distorted self-image, a persistent unwillingness to eat, and severe weight loss. It is often accompanied by excessive exercise, malnutrition,
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This essay was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course SOCI 303 taught by Professor Grams during the Spring '07 term at Tulane.

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