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The Impact of Family and Friends in Women with Eating Disorders
Perry L. Collins, Cassondra J. Collins, and Jeremy J. Berry
Family is the most influential institution as a child develops. Many personal problems that arise in later life may be associated with, or at least in part, to the influence of the family. Eating disorders are a complex phenomenon that effect cognitive, affective, and behavioral aspects of the daily lives in many women. While, numerous quantitative studies have considered many facets of eating disorders, many questions remain. Therefore, the influence of family must be considered in relation to the eating disorders that each of the participants live with. In addition, as the child develops throughout the school years, friendships take on an increasing influential role in the child’s development of self-concept, esteem, identity, personality, and ways of coping with stress. Therefore, the purpose of this investigation is to explore aspects of these relationships and their connection with the eating disorders that affect each of these women participants.