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Eating disorders are brought on by a complex interplay of factors, which may include personality, family pressures, a possible genetic or biological susceptibility and a culture in which there is an over abundance of food and an obsession with thinness (Garfinkel & Garner, 1982).
Thus this study considered personality factors as measured by the High School Personality Questionnaire (HSPQ) as a predisposing factor to the development of eating disorders as measured by the Eating Attitudes Test-26 (EAT-26) and Eating Disorders Inventory (EDI), respectively.
As an adjunct the psychological factors of body-image dysfunction and self-esteem, the biological factor of age, and the socio-cultural factors of race, socio-economic class and religious affiliation were considered as predisposing factors to the development of eating disorders.
Silva obtained her Masters in research psychology and her PhD in psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand.
She obtained her Masters in clinical psychology from the North West University.
She has worked as a researcher and as a lecturer.
She currently works for the Gauteng Health Department as a clinical psychologist.
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