Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Shuraydi, Muhammad,


Sociology, Theory and Methods.




Although there has been a substantial amount of research conducted on females and eating disorders, little emphasis has been placed on social factors. Exploratory research was performed in an attempt to answer the question, "Can eating disorders be scientifically explained by psychological and/or biochemical factors at the expense of undermining certain social factors and their explanatory power in eating disorders. In short, should the explanation of eating disorders be viewed as a combination of psychological and/or biochemical factors as well as social factors, whose explanatory significance should not be overlooked?" Following the theory of social construction, and an Interpretive Interactionist approach, 10 women in therapy for an eating disorder were interviewed, utilizing open ended interview questions. The interviewees were asked 38 questions in accordance to five social variables used for the study. The findings of this thesis were discussed, and conclusions were made. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0148. Adviser: Muhammad Shuraydi. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.