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Read the article Hudson et al. "Family history study of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia" Brit. J. Psychiat. (1983) vol.142 pp.133-138
Answer the questions below. Use short answers and an outline form when possible. After answering the questions, make notes to yourself to form a critique of this study. Identify what you think are major criticisms vs. minor criticisms.
3. Describe the three groups of subjects used for comparisons. How were these subjects recruited?
4. How did the authors determine the family history of affective disorder?
7. The second paragraph describes a possible problem with the procedures used in this experiment. What is this problem, and what two points do the authors make in defence of the validity of their results?
8. What is the authors' argument against a possible sampling bias?
9. Why do the authors feel that genetics offers the most likely explanation of their results?
10. In the last sentence, the authors say, "These results add to the
evidence... that the eating disorders may be forms of affective disorder."
Respond to this statement in your notes for discussion.
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