"Learning to live your life again": an interpretative phenomenological analysis of weblogs documenting the inside experience of recovering from Anorexia Nervosa

Smethurst, L.J. and Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X, 2016. "Learning to live your life again": an interpretative phenomenological analysis of weblogs documenting the inside experience of recovering from Anorexia Nervosa. Journal of Health Psychology. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to explore the construct of recovery from Anorexia Nervosa (AN) through the medium of weblogs, focusing on the benefits and barriers to the recovery process.
Method: Data was extracted from female (n=7) and male (n=1) participants’ textual pro-recovery weblogs, all of which were posted between 2013 and 2015 in the public domain. Data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).
Results: Three superordinate themes were identified: (1) barriers to recovery, (2) factors increasing the likelihood of recovery, and (3) support.
Discussion: Results suggest supportive relationships, re-gaining control and recognising the consequences of the eating disorder benefit recovery, whereas public perceptions, the AN voice, and time act as barriers to recovery. Out of eight participants, four described seeking professional help as part of their recovery, of which three believed their professional therapy experience helped aid recovery.
Conclusion: Implications for AN treatment are discussed in detail.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: An IPA of Anorexia Nervosa recovery weblogs [running head]
Publication Title: Journal of Health Psychology
Creators: Smethurst, L.J. and Kuss, D.J.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 9 June 2016
ISSN: 1359-1053
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/1359105316651710DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 05 May 2016 15:29
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 08:11
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27742

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