Understanding the experience of ambivalence in anorexia nervosa.

Williams, S. and Reid, M., 2010. Understanding the experience of ambivalence in anorexia nervosa. Psychology and Health, 25 (5), pp. 551-567.

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DOI: 10.1080/08870440802617629

Abstract

People with anorexia often feel ambivalent about whether they wish to maintain it or recover from it. One place where individuals can communicate their experiences of wanting to maintain their anorexia is through pro-anorexia websites. This study investigated the experiences and understandings of those who wish to maintain their anorexia and looked at how these understandings may affect their treatment experiences. Data were collected online and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Anorexia denoted meanings of a 'tool', an 'entity' and a 'disease'. Participants felt ambivalent about whether their anorexia gave them control or controlled them, whether it played a positive or negative role and whether they wished to maintain their behaviours or recover. Participants also discussed barriers to recovery. Theoretical and treatment implications are discussed.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0887-0446
Subjects:Psychology
Group:School of Design, Engineering & Computing > Psychology Research Group
ID Code:19825
Deposited By:Unnamed user with email swilliams@bournemouth.ac.uk
Deposited On:05 Apr 2012 16:35
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:54

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