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Subject/Keyword
narrative therapy
bulimia
positive coping
resilience
exceptions
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Poirier, Kathryn F.
Supervisor and department
Dr. Van Vliet, Jessica K. (Educational Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Leroy, Carol A. (Elementary Education)
Dr. Larsen, Denise (Educational Psychology)
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization
Counselling Psychology
Date accepted
2013-08-16T16:12:17Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Education
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Bulimia nervosa (BN) affects nearly 1% of women in North America. Literature suggests that women with BN engage in binging and purging as a means of coping with negative emotions and experiences. What has yet to be explored, however, is how women with BN cope with difficult emotions in positive ways, without binging and purging. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand, from the perspective of participants, the positive coping experiences and stories of women with BN. During semi-structured interviews with 6 participants, women described their experiences of positive coping. Using a narrative analysis methodology, women’s experiences were described through individual narratives and common themes. Main themes that emerged were behavioural redirecting, constructive internal dialogue, social support, and self-awareness. These findings contribute an important understanding of the strengths of women with BN and may help inform strengths-based approaches to working with this population.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3097M
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