A Starving Family:
An Interactional View
of Anorexia Nervosa
DOROTHY CONRAD MAZUR
Primary or true anorexia nervosa is the relentless pursuit of being thin. This pursuit differentiates this disorder from emaciation associated with various other psychiatric conditions. It is vital to understand the development of anorexia nervosa within the context of the total family because the anoretic child seems to be the spokesman for the emotional deprivation and starvation of her parents. Such transgenerational deprivation leads to a dysfunction of the total family.
In recent years the longstanding debate over whether the environmental or intrapsychic dynamics were most responsible for emotional conflict seems to have waned. The current literature now describes