Accounts of experiences of bulimia : a discourse analytic study.
Brooks, Anna, LeCouteur, Amanda , & Hepworth, Julie (1998) Accounts of experiences of bulimia : a discourse analytic study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 24(2), pp. 193-205.
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.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||bulimia, discourse analysis, ideology|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work|
|Deposited On:||26 May 2013 22:32|
|Last Modified:||26 May 2013 22:32|
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