Accounts of experiences of bulimia: A discourse analytic study

Brookes, Anna, LeCouteur, Amanda and Hepworth, Julie (1998) Accounts of experiences of bulimia: A discourse analytic study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 24 2: 193-205. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1098-108X(199809)24:2<193::AID-EAT9>3.0.CO;2-9

Author Brookes, Anna
LeCouteur, Amanda
Hepworth, Julie
Title Accounts of experiences of bulimia: A discourse analytic study
Journal name International Journal of Eating Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1098-108X
Publication date 1998-09
Year available 1998
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/(SICI)1098-108X(199809)24:2<193::AID-EAT9>3.0.CO;2-9
Volume 24
Issue 2
Start page 193
End page 205
Total pages 13
Place of publication New York, N.Y. U.S.A.
Publisher Wiley
Language eng
Subject 1110 Nursing
Formatted abstract
To identify the variety of versions of bulimia constructed by participants, to suggest functions and consequences of these constructions, and to examine the sociocultural ideologies evident in participants' discourse.

Ten women and one man were interviewed about their experiences of bulimia. Transcribed interviews were analyzed using a discourse analytic approach.

Five dominant ways of talking about bulimia were identified: Individuals were constructed as victims of bulimia, women were constructed as victims of social stereotypes, bulimia was constructed as a damaging action one performs on oneself, bulimia was constructed as a personality trait of individuals, and bulimia was marginalized as abnormal and disgusting.

Sociocultural ideologies evident in participants' accounts included the valuing of individual will-power and self-mastery and the construction of a mind-body dichotomy entailing the need to control the latter. The analysis emphasizes the importance of considering the sociocultural context within which psychological problems occur. © 1998 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 24: 193–205, 1998.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Article first published online: 6 DEC 1998.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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