Nourishingself for teens: A proposed framework for an eating disorder prevention group
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The development of an Eating Disorder is a process that leaves many professionals, family members, friends, and sufferers perplexed. Typically emerging in late adolescence, Eating Disorders appear to stem from a multitude of risk factors in the childhood and adolescent years. But what exactly are the risk factors? When and how best should risk factors be addressed? The comprehensive Eating Disorder prevention program entitled NourishingSelf for Teens described herein, includes a substantial follow-up period, themes of media literacy, stress and trauma coping, interpersonal skills, body acceptance, and self-reflection. This thesis found that early intervention, especially around age 14 in the form of an interactive closed-group would likely be positively impactful in preventing Eating Disorders.