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Title: Influences on recovery in eating disorders : an exploration of motivation and social identity
Author: Ison, Julie
ISNI:       0000 0001 3613 4957
Awarding Body: University of Warwick and University of Coventry
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2007
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Eating disorders are described as complex mental health problems (Openshaw, Waller, & Sperlinger, 2004). It is reported that eating disorders can be difficult to treat, and may present challenges to clinicians working in the area, such as patient ambivalence or resistance towards treatment, and drop-out rates (e.g�� Mahon, 2000). In order to assist in improving treatment outcomes and overcoming challenges faced by clinicians, it is important to consider factors which may inflUence the process of recovery and to further develop the evidence-base in the area. The thesis will consider two potential factors which may influence a perso?'s recovery. Motivation is an important part of the process of change, and can impact upon clinical outcome (Prochaska, DiClemente, & Norcross, 1992). Amongst eating disorder populations, motivation to change is reported to be problematic (Vitousek, Watson, & Wilson, 1998). Chapter one presents a review of the literature on motivation and eating disorders. It focuses upon the transtheoretical model and motivational interviewing, which are dominant theoretical and clinical approaches in the area of motivation, and examines thei r application to eating disorders. Chapter two considers social identity, which is a further psychologica I influence that can potentially impact upon the process of recovery from eating disorders. Interviews were conducted with eight females who were diagnosed with having an eating disorder. The findings suggested that a person's social identity can change, ranging from a positive to a negative social identity, during the course of having an eating disorder. An interaction between· social identity and a person's recovery from eating disorders was· proposed, and the applicability of social identity theory to eating disorders was considered. The final paper is a reflective account which explores the authors' experience of completing the empirical paper. The paper focuses upon methodological and clinical issues, in addition to personal reflections and learning that transpired from the research. References Mahon, J. (2000). Dropping out from psychological treatment for eating I disorders: What are the issues? European Eating Disorders Review, 8, 198-216. Openshaw, C.,· Waller, G., & Sperlinger, D. (2004). Group cognitive-behaviour therapy for bulimia nervosa: Statistical versus clinical significance of changes in symptoms across treatment. Intemational Joumal of Eating Disorders, 36,·363-469. Prochaska, J. 0., DiClemente, C. C., & Norcross, J. C. (1992). In search of how people change. American Psychologist, 47, 1102-1114. Vitousek, K., Watson,S., & Wilson, G. T. (1998). Enhancing motivation to change in treatment-resistant eating disorders. Clinical Psychology Review, 18, 391-420.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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