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Childhood Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Traits in

Adult Women With Eating Disorders: A Critical Analysis

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Childhood Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Traits in

Adult Women With Eating Disorders: A Research Analysis

As most people know, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are two eating disorders in which a person deprives themselves of the nutrients in food by refusing to eat or purging after eating a substantial amount. What many do not know, however, is that both diseases may have a component that deals with the occurrence of obsessive-compulsive personality traits as children. In this research analysis, we’ll discuss the study regarding the connection between eating disorders in women and obsessive-compulsive personality traits exhibited as children. In addition, we will examine how the research relates to human needs including the topics covered in class. Lastly, we’ll go through whom the study in question could benefit and how as well as the questions I had after reading this study.

Anorexia and bulimia nervosa are similar eating disorders, which have many environmental and hereditary factors that have the potential to contribute to the conditions. This study was conducted to examine the correlation between childhood obsessive-compulsive personality traits and future eating disorders in women. Childhood traits such as perfectionism, pre-occupation with orderliness, excessive doubt, and rigidity are reflected by obsessive-compulsive personalities. The initial hypothesis of the study was that childhood obsessive-compulsive personality traits are significant factors in whether or not future eating disorders develop. In addition, the more obsessive-compulsive traits a person has, the more likely that person will develop some sort of eating disorder in the future (Anderluh, Tchanturia, Rabe-Hesketh, & Treasure, 2003).

The study conducted by Anderluh...