Transcultural aspects of eating disorders: A critical literature review

@article{Davis1992TransculturalAO,
  title={Transcultural aspects of eating disorders: A critical literature review},
  author={Cindy Davis and Joel Yager},
  journal={Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry},
  year={1992},
  volume={16},
  pages={377-394}
}
  • C. Davis, J. Yager
  • Published 1 September 1992
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
A review of studies addressing anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa among Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Africans, and Middle Easterners yielded only 35 studies, of which 22 were qualitative case reports, three were clinical quantitative studies, and ten were non-clinical quantitative studies. The case studies reported symptoms similar to those of Caucasian patients, and eating disorders were reported in all SES classes. The clinical studies, all reported from Asian… 
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