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Title: Social media, eating disorders and recovery
Author: Beardwood, J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7972 9995
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2019
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Social media use is rapidly increasing; whilst the dangers of using social media have been highlighted by previous research, less attention has been paid to the positive influences of social media. This study aimed to explore experiences of using social media in people recovering from an eating disorder (ED). Objectives were to understand how people with EDs use social media in relation to their ED and recovery, and the perceived helpful and unhelpful aspects of using social media during their recovery. In depth interviews with 15 adults (aged 19-40) recovering from an ED were thematically analysed. Participants also shared examples of social media posts that were helpful and less helpful in their recovery, which were included in the thematic analysis. Four key themes were identified: motivating recovery, a supportive space to share and be open, maintains difficulties, and navigating social media. Participants' social media use appeared to change dependent on their motivations, needs, and stages of recovery. Findings have important implications for clinical practice, working alongside, not against, social media use in those with EDs. Further research is needed in order to greater understand the role social media plays during the recovery process.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RC0475 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy