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Title: Anorexia, self harm and depression : exploring internal worlds and underlying deficits
Author: Cooper, Katie
ISNI:       0000 0004 2702 6446
Awarding Body: City University London
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis explores the meaning of food for individuals with anorexia. 9 female inpatients aged over 18 with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa were interviewed. The participant interviews were analyzed qualitatively using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and four master themes were identified: Food as a container, food as a concrete representation of internal states and relationships, food as a separator and food as a control mechanism. Within this research these master themes were expounded upon and explained in relation to current theories and also in relation to two core concepts that also emerged from the research's findings: Loss of and broken sense of self and misattuned caregiving. In conclusion this study offers its readers a potential conceptual and theoretical model based around its findings of the meaning of food, for the explanation and development of anorexia. It is hoped that these findings will be useful in informing and developing clinical understandings of anorexia and new treatment approaches.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology