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.


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
0276-3478
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 Objectives:
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.

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

Results:
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.

Discussion:
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 and Midwifery Publications
 
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