Mental Health Question #23


The mother of a 16-year-old female adolescent states, “I am very worried about how much thinner my daughter has become over the past two years. She eats at every meal, but I worry about peer pressure to look thin.” Which response by the nurse is most appropriate?


  1. “She is at a stage of development when fat and distribution of fat changes.”
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  2. “Have you noticed her going to the bathroom after meals? She could be throwing up.”
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  3. “I agree with your concerns and we will closely monitor for further changes.”
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  4. “What types of foods is your daughter eating at meals?”
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Fat distribution and diminishment occurs during this period of time. Option B is incorrect as the question does not provide indication of bulimia or anorexia. Option C is incorrect as the nurse is incorrectly making assumptions without data. Option D may be beneficial, but the question does not indicate that weight loss has occurred. This selection may be appropriate after acknowledging how fat distribution occurs in this age group.

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