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CARVALHO, Renata Silva de; AMARAL, Ana Carolina Soares  and  FERREIRA, Maria Elisa Caputo. Eating disorders and body image in adolescence: an analysis of scientific literature in psychology. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2009, vol.11, n.3, pp. 200-223. ISSN 1516-3687.

The present study aimed to analyze the Psychological scientific production about eating disorders and body image in adolescents from 2003 to 2007. The process became with an computerized search at the PsycInfo’s database, for it was used as keywords “body image”, “eating disorders”, and “adolescence”. From this search were extracted the abstracts and complements, which were organized into thematic categories purposed by Bardin (2008). The results allowed to identify that the number of publications remained stable over the years which has being analyzed, as well as United States and Australia were the countries that had the majority of articles published. The empirical studies had stress and were published in specialized papers of the area, as the Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention and the Eating and Weight Disorders. Among the subjects studied, there were highlights for the assessment of eating disorders’ risk factors, emphasizing the females and adolescent population.

Keywords : Eating disorders; Body image; Adolescence; Female; Risk factors.

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