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    The psychological battle for control: a qualitative study of healthcare professionals' understandings of the treatment of anorexia nervosa

    Jarman, M. and Smith, Jonathan A. and Walsh, S. (1997) The psychological battle for control: a qualitative study of healthcare professionals' understandings of the treatment of anorexia nervosa. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology 7 (2), pp. 137-152. ISSN 1052-9284.

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    Abstract

    This paper reports a qualitative, idiographic study, which intensively examines a multidisciplinary team of clinicians' subjective understandings and experiences of treating young people with anorexia nervosa. The study employs semi‐structured interviews and interpretative phenomenological analysis, these methods enabling individual clinicians' perspectives to be explored in depth and retained within the analysis. The analysis focuses on the salient higher‐order theme of control which emerges as central to understanding the treatment of the anorexic child. Three control‐related themes are used to illustrate the multiplicity of meanings and experiences which are relevant to this team of health‐care professionals. It is suggested that this paper makes three important contributions to the current eating disorder literature: illuminating the multi‐faceted nature of the construct control; highlighting the importance of therapists' subjective understandings and experiences; and illustrating the value of qualitative methods for clinically relevant research.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 16:54
    Last Modified: 09 Mar 2020 16:54
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/31221

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