An interpretative phenomenological analysis of participation in a pro-anorexia Internet site and its relationship to disordered eating

Mulveen, Ruaidhri & Hepworth, Julie (2006) An interpretative phenomenological analysis of participation in a pro-anorexia Internet site and its relationship to disordered eating. Journal of Health Psychology, 11(2), pp. 283-296.

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Abstract

Pro-anorexia Internet sites aim to promote, support and discuss anorexia nervosa. Media coverage has raised concerns that sites may increase the level of eating disorders. This research examines the meaning of participation in a pro-anorexia Internet site and its relationship with disordered eating by using an interpretative phenomenological analysis of fifteen separate message ‘threads’ followed over a six-week period. Four themes were identified:

(1) tips and techniques; (2) ‘ana’ v. anorexia nervosa; (3) social support; and (4) need for anorexia.

Findings suggest participation was multi-purpose, providing a coping function in relation to weight loss, and the contribution of sites to increased levels of eating disorders is not inevitable.

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ID Code: 60193
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: computer mediated conversation , eating disorders , Internet , pro-anorexia
DOI: 10.1177/1359105306061187
ISSN: 1461-7277
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 23 May 2013 23:20
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2013 05:39

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