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

Carolina Leonidas, Manoel Antônio Santos

Resumen


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.

Palabras clave


eating disorders; narratives; family; women



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11144/Javeriana.upsy16-4.emae

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