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Women’s Perspectives on What Helped and Hindered Building Shame Resilience During an Adolescent Eating Disorder
Hilary A. Evans (author)Kathryn Weaver (third reader)Krista D. Socholotiuk (second reader)Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)Mihaela S. Launeanu (thesis supervisor)
Eating disorders (EDs) in adolescence are serious mental health disorders that commonly have noteworthy medical and mental health comorbidities (Fitzsimmons-Craft, Karam, Wilfley, 2018). Shame has been found to be a significant factor associated with EDs (Burney & Irwin, 2000; Goss & Allan, 2009; Waller, Ohanian, Meyer & Osman, 2000), yet no studies have explored what helps and hinders building shame resilience during adolescence from the perspective of the adult who lived through it. This retrospective qualitative study used the enhanced critical incident technique (Butterfield, Borgen, Maglio, & Amundson, 2009), and the sample of this study included women who received an ED diagnosis between the age of 11 and 21 (N = 10). Data analysis revealed 13 helping categories, 15 hindering categories, and 9 wish list items.
Eating disorders.Shame--Case studies.Resilience (Personality trait) in adolescence.Women -- Psychology.