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1 Running head: Eating Disorder’s in Adolescents and Interventions Eating Disorder’s in Adolescents and Interventions Sasha Wilson-Taylor Walden University Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice I SOCW 6111
2 Eating Disorder’s in Adolescents and Interventions Abstract Adolescents face many challenges that requires clinical interventions. This paper discusses the complexity of eating disorders in adolescents and the interventions needed to help them over come them. All interventions discussed are evidence-based practices that have been deemed as effective in treating eating disorders. Additional factors such as how to measure effective treatment and how trauma informed care effects clients are also analyzed. \ Adolescent Challenges and Eating Disorders Adolescence is formally known as teenage years and the in-between time of childhood and adulthood. Teens go through many physical, social, and emotional changes during this time. Physically they began to change due to puberty, they become more independent in their sense of self, they may also start to experience challenges with mood swings because of hormonal changes. All of these changes create the atmosphere for them to become more susceptible to mental health challenges like low self-esteem, aggression and depression. Social and emotional development in teens contributes greatly to their sense of self, overall well-being and perceived value in life. With the adolescence age already being so complex treating youth who are experiencing mental and behavioral health challenges takes a skilled clinician. Discrimination, risk-taking behaviors, stigma etc. are some major issues that are presented within adolescent phase (WHO,2019). Eating disorders that are present within adolescents are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating (WHO, 2019). Eating disorders that are most common within adolescent population are Anorexia nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge eating disorder (BED), and purging disorder (PD). Eating disorders are often cooccurring with additional mental health diagnosis including depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder. Review of Articles Body Dissatisfaction Many have wondered what factors contribute to the onset of eating disorders such as binge eating and purging in teens. Many theorists believes that it starts with negative perspective on their bodies. A research group decided to conduct research on this exact question to find the
3 Eating Disorder’s in Adolescents and Interventions best way to prevent the disorders long term. The study included three trials that targeted young women who reported dissatisfaction with their body and overall appearance. In conclusion the study supported the many theories that displeasure with their bodies and unhealthy weight control behaviors increase the possibility for binge and purge eating disorders (Stice, et al., 2017). Thin-ideal internalization refers to the extent to which an individual cognitively “buys

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