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‘Eating disorders are not about food, they’re about life:’ Client perspectives on anorexia nervosa treatment

Rance, Nicola; Moller, Naomi P and Clarke, Victoria (2017). ‘Eating disorders are not about food, they’re about life:’ Client perspectives on anorexia nervosa treatment. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(5) pp. 582–594.

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Abstract

Poor success rates and high levels of dropout are common features in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. Using semi-structured interviews this study elicited the views of 12 women who were recovered, or in recovery, for anorexia nervosa and had received treatment. Results derived from a thematic analysis revealed the women’s high degree of dissatisfaction with treatment and their perception that the treatment system is overly focused on, and driven by, food and weight. In contrast, what the women really wanted was to be seen and treated as a ‘whole person’ and to have a ‘real’ relationship with their therapist.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 1461-7277
Keywords: Anorexia nervosa; qualitative research; thematic analysis; therapeutic relationship; treatment
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 45062
Depositing User: Naomi Moller
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 15:16
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 11:31
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/45062
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