Discuss the theory and social influence you selected in terms of the following elements:

Assignment: Theoretical Paper

Developmental theories attempt to explain the changes that humans undergo throughout the life span—from infancy through late adulthood. These changes include, but are not limited to, cognitive development, emotional changes, language acquisition, and identity and personality formation. Different theories account for this development in different ways, but there are two major philosophical viewpoints: that change occurs continuously, in a gradual and cumulative fashion, or that change occurs discontinuously, in separate areas and stages, with different behaviors being characteristic of each stage of development. Within each perspective, there are many individual developmental theories.

To prepare for this assignment, consider the developmental theories and social influences discussed in Week 1 and changes that occur in adolescence. Select one theory and one social influence to use for this assignment, and research how they account for and influence eating disorders in adolescents.

The Assignment (5–7 pages)

  • Discuss the theory and social influence you selected in terms of the following elements:

    • How they account for anorexia, bulimia, and overeating in adolescents

    • Theory-based interventions that could be used to address these disorders

  • Support your analysis with findings from research.

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.