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.

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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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ID Code: 60226
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: bulimia, discourse analysis, ideology
DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-108X(199809)24:2<193::AID-EAT9>3.0.CO;2-9
ISSN: 1098-108X
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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