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The positive coping experiences of women with bulimia

  • Author / Creator
    Poirier, Kathryn F.
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3097M
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Specialization
    • Counselling Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Van Vliet, Jessica K. (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Leroy, Carol A. (Elementary Education)
    • Dr. Larsen, Denise (Educational Psychology)