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Title: Adolescents' experiences of their in-patient treatment for anorexia nervosa
Author: Colton, Anna M.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2002
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This study aimed to explore how young people experience their in-patient treatment for anorexia nervosa. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nineteen participants, recruited from two in-patient, adolescent eating disorder units. The interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. Participants also completed some brief questionnaires which measured their stage of change and readiness to change, and their perceptions of ward atmosphere, satisfaction with, and overall helpfulness of, the unit. The interviews yielded rich qualitative data, which was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Five themes were identified from the analysis: (1) What is this illness that I have, (2) Do I want to get well, (3) Being with others: support versus distress, (4) Being an individual versus just another anorectic, and (5) Collaborating in treatment versus being treated. Conflict, both internal and external, was at the core of all of the themes. The results are discussed in terms of the existing literature and theoretical perspectives, particularly the transtheoretical model of stages of change. The methodology of this study and the research and clinical implications are also discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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