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Understanding the experience of ambivalence in anorexia nervosa: the maintainer's perspective

Understanding the experience of ambivalence in anorexia nervosa: the maintainer's perspective
Understanding the experience of ambivalence in anorexia nervosa: the maintainer's perspective
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.
anorexia nervosa, pro-anorexia, ambivalence, online, qualitative research
551-568
Williams, Sarah
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Reid, Marie
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Williams, Sarah and Reid, Marie (2010) Understanding the experience of ambivalence in anorexia nervosa: the maintainer's perspective Psychology and Health, 25, (5), pp. 551-568. (doi:10.1080/08870440802617629).

Williams, Sarah and Reid, Marie (2010) Understanding the experience of ambivalence in anorexia nervosa: the maintainer's perspective Psychology and Health, 25, (5), pp. 551-568. (doi:10.1080/08870440802617629).

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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.

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Published date: 2010
Keywords: anorexia nervosa, pro-anorexia, ambivalence, online, qualitative research

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Local EPrints ID: 148491
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/148491
PURE UUID: af37e7e2-2557-45c4-b64b-69c577cb3093

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Date deposited: 28 Apr 2010 10:07
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 19:31

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Author: Sarah Williams
Author: Marie Reid

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