Prepubertal Anorexia: Prevalence, Potential Causes, and the Importance of Early Detection

A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X). This special issue belongs to the section "Psychiatric, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders".

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Interests: developmental psychopathology; trauma; eating disorders; internalizing/externalizing symptoms
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Dear Colleagues,

Prepubertal anorexia, characterized by significant food restriction, fear of weight gain, and disturbances in body image, presents unique challenges in terms of diagnosis, prevalence, and intervention strategies. Despite its potential impact on the long-term health and well-being of affected children, it has received limited attention in the literature. However, emerging research suggests that prepubertal anorexia is more prevalent than previously thought, making it imperative to shed light on its various aspects. This Special Issue aims to explore the clinical presentation, diagnostic criteria, prevalence rates, potential causes, and risk factors associated with prepubertal anorexia. We also encourage submissions that examine the similarities and differences between prepubertal and adolescent anorexia, highlighting potential developmental factors that may influence the manifestation and progression of this disorder in younger individuals. Contributions addressing early detection and intervention strategies for prepubertal anorexia are particularly encouraged. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • multidisciplinary approaches involving diverse healthcare professionals, mental health specialists, and nutritionists;
  • new or updated assessment tools for this clinical condition;
  • comorbidity;
  • interventions tailored to the unique developmental needs of prepubertal children;
  • intervention based on psychoeducation for parents, cognitive-behavioral, family, or psychodynamic therapy;
  • societal and cultural influences on prepubertal anorexia;
  • the role of media, family dynamics, and broader sociocultural factors.

Dr. Luca Cerniglia
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  • prepubertal anorexia
  • eating disorders
  • early adolescence
  • social media

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What Is Going on with Childhood?
by Luca Cerniglia
Behav. Sci. 2023, 13(8), 671; - 10 Aug 2023
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Several studies have shown that the age of onset of psychopathology is decreasing, and that at least some clinical manifestations (e [...] Full article
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