Help seeking in adults with anorexia nervosa: what is the role of significant others?

Cox, Samantha Jane (2015) Help seeking in adults with anorexia nervosa: what is the role of significant others? DClinPsy thesis, University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

Background: The aim of the study was to explore the role of significant others1 in problem disclosure and help seeking in adults with anorexia. Existing literature on help seeking is predominantly focused on anorexia in children and adolescents (Honey & Halse, 2005; Tierney, 2005; Thomson et al. 2014). Anorexia becomes more chronic the longer it is left untreated, and delays in seeking treatment are associated with poorer recovery outcomes (Ficher, Quadflieg & Hedlund, 2006). Therefore, early intervention is key. This study sought to explore an under researched area and map the territory for future projects.
Methodology: Participants were recruited from a carer group in the UK for carers of individuals with an eating disorder and B-eat, a charity that supports individuals in the UK with their eating disorder. Ten individuals self-selected to participate in the study and took part in a one retrospective semi structured interview. Interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data was analysed using thematic analysis, following the guidelines by Braun and Clarke (2006).
Results: Six superordinate themes were identified: (1) First Response, (2) Confrontation and Confession/Denial, (3) Stepping In, (4) “Stepping Back”, (5) Care Context and (6) Flexible and Persistent Approach.

Additional Information:A thesis submitted in part fulfilment of the requirements of the University of Lincoln for the degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Keywords:Mental Disorders, Implicit theories, Cognitive disorders, Caring relationships, Carers
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:22342
Deposited On:23 Feb 2016 15:47

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