The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to explore how community healthcare stakeholders living in the Midwest region described how they think religion and environment might influence eating disorder risk factors in Jewish orthodox adolescent females. The two research questions asked how community healthcare stakeholders describe how they think religion and environment might influence eating disorder risk factors in Jewish orthodox adolescent females. The sample comprised 14 healthcare stakeholders experienced working with Jewish orthodox females. Thematic analysis of data from open-ended questionnaires and semi-structured interviews revealed nine core themes: adolescent religious experiences; real or perceived mixed Jewish orthodox religious messages; food in Jewish orthodox practice; religious stigma in Jewish orthodox practice; the role of homogeneity expectations; family dynamics and relationships; real or perceived mixed Jewish orthodox environmental messages; stigma in the Jewish orthodox environment; and pressures experienced by Jewish orthodox adolescent females. The findings extended Cognitive Behavioral Theory by adding context to how emotions Jewish orthodox adolescent females develop regarding eating disorder risk factor creation are created. The Stakeholder Concept was informed through the use of community healthcare stakeholders in the Jewish orthodox community. Findings suggest that there is benefit in creating more targeted prevention programs. Additional research should explore other geographical locations and the influence of the strong expectations of homogeneity.
|Advisor:||Sandoval, Michelle C.|
|Commitee:||Weinberger-Litman, Sarah, Fish, Wade|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Mental health, Public Health Education, Womens studies, Judaic studies, Religion, Behavioral psychology|
|Keywords:||Disordered eating, Eating disorder prevention, Eating disorder risk, Eating disorders, Jewish community, Jewish Orthodox females, Adolescent females, The Stakeholder Concept, Community healthcare stakeholders, Stigma, Cognitive Behavioral Theory|
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