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Emotional Meanings Assigned to Eating Disorders: Narratives of Women with Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

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Leonidas, Carolina [1] ; dos Santos, Manoel Antonio [2]
Total Authors: 2
[1] Univ Fed Triangulo Mineiro, Uberaba - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: UNIVERSITAS PSYCHOLOGICA; v. 16, n. 4 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 1

Abstract This study aimed to investigate emotional meanings assigned to eating disorders (ED) through the narratives of women affected with these psychopathological conditions. Participants were patients in a Brazilian service specialized in treatment of ED. A semi-structured interview was used for data collection. Recruitment continued until data saturation was reached. The verbatim transcription of interview data was analyzed through thematic content analysis, which was employed by two researchers. Results showed that, after the occurrence of ED, participants began to experience feelings of distress, anxiety, and loneliness, which were related to lowered self-esteem and social isolation. Family dynamics was characterized as confrontational, but in contrast, was considered as participants’ primary social support network. These data underlined that the emotional meanings attributed to ED need to be addressed and explored by health care professionals to gain a detailed understanding of patients’ illness experiences. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 10/01257-7 - Social networks and social support in the context of eating disorders
Grantee:Carolina Leonidas
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Master