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Title: An exploration of the experiences of black British Caribbean women with eating disorders : an interpretative phenomenological analysis
Author: Shillingford, Sarah
ISNI:       0000 0004 5360 2654
Awarding Body: University of Wales
Current Institution: Regent's University London
Date of Award: 2014
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Traditionally, eating disorders have been linked to body ideals within white Western societies which may explain the tendency to focus primarily on white Western populations in research. Black British Caribbean women have therefore been under-represented in studies focused on eating disorders, especially within qualitative investigations. Semi structured interviews were conducted with six black British Caribbean women with personal experience with eating disorders, using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Five group superordinate themes emerged from the analytic process: (1) Family and ethnicity, (2) Eating and emotion, (3) Relationships, (4) Help seeking and (5) Recovery, with numerous associated sub-themes. The findings illuminated the central role of family and peers in the development of self concept and methods of coping and that a link may exist between familial relational styles and individual responses to stress and crisis. An understanding of the historical and social factors that may impact on black British Caribbean women with eating disorders can assist counselling psychologists in identifying eating disorders among a client group that is underrepresented within services. This study may also help counselling psychologists working therapeutically with this group to tailor therapy via the use of psychoeducation, familial involvement, an acknowledgement of the importance of collective identity and an understanding the challenges that may emerge in therapy for clients who may not be accustomed to sharing their difficulties.
Supervisor: Luca, Maria Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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