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Title: How do women under the care of eating disorder services experience sibling relationships : a phenomenological perspective
Author: Smith, Jennifer Ann
Awarding Body: University of Lincoln
Current Institution: University of Lincoln
Date of Award: 2011
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Eating disorders are increasing in our society and prior research has considered the role of families, carers, partners and children in the development of these difficulties. Siblings, however, have been largely overlooked. The role of sibling relationships is not well understood, despite siblings being a long term, significant feature of many individuals with eating disorders’ lives. This study aims to investigate the experiences of women with eating disorders and their sibling relationships. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to investigate the lived experiences of three women with diagnosed eating disorders. The women were interviewed, using a semi structured interview schedule designed for the study, and transcripts were analysed closely, following the principles of IPA. Results Three superordinate themes were identified for each participant. These are ‘Seeking Balance’, ‘Being Bad’ and ‘I Don’t Correlate’ for Amy, ‘Not Being Noticed’, ‘Mealtimes are Stressful’ and ‘Everyone Runs Around After Her’ for Jo and ‘Being The Runt’, ‘Being Pushed Out’ and ‘Lost Identity’ for Sarah. Four subthemes were also identified. These were ‘Being Cut Off’ for Amy, ‘Being Pushed Out’ and ‘Shying Away’ for Jo and ‘Being Ridiculous’ for Sarah. Conclusion The sibling relationships in this sample were characterised by competition, rivalry, lack of understanding, conflict and distress. Many of the experiences shared were negative and were related as damaging to the individual. However, each relationship also contained strengths and all participants desired improved relationships and closeness with their siblings. Findings are discussed in terms of their implications for our current knowledge and further research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: C800 Psychology