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Four decades of qualitative research : a meta-synthesis of intrapersonal helping and hindering factors in eating disorder recovery.

Kersebaum, Pauline (2021) Four decades of qualitative research : a meta-synthesis of intrapersonal helping and hindering factors in eating disorder recovery.

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Abstract:Eating disorders (EDs) are serious illnesses that can have considerable consequences on physical, psychological, and social functioning. Existing qualitative research about perspectives of individuals with lived experiences found several intrapersonal and external factors that help and hinder ED recovery. Current reviews and meta-syntheses of qualitative studies focused mainly on external aspects of ED recovery or factors within a treatment context. Hence, this study aimed to systematically review relevant studies to identify helping or hindering intrapersonal factors in ED recovery, using a qualitative meta-synthesis approach. Forty-six original studies were analyzed based on the generic descriptive-interpretative framework for analyzing qualitative data by Elliot and Timulak (2005). Five overarching themes regarding helping and hindering intrapersonal aspects of ED recovery were identified: 1) self-determination, 2) self-care, 3) self-compassion, 4) engaging in real life, and 5) personal development. The outcomes of this study resonate with existing qualitative research about patients’ perspectives of ED recovery. The provided knowledge may have implications for the development of prevention measures, psychoeducation, and guidelines for ED care. The findings of this study may provide useful information for clinicians, family members, and those affected. Future research is needed to validate the reported findings and further investigate what hinders recovery.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88171
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