Strategies for resisting eating disorders over the life course-A mother-daughter case analysis

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Abstract

This mother-daughter instrumental case study was selected from a data set of in-depth mother-daughter interviews conducted among Jewish American women for the insights it reveals. Thematic analysis was used to identify major family themes and strategies. Both mother and daughter reported on the historical and cultural setting, the efficacy of methods of treatment, the cross-generational transmission of eating disorders (ED), disordered eating behaviors and body dissatisfaction, genetics, family environment and non-shared personal experiences, and the strategies they developed to resist eating disorders and body dissatisfaction in their parenting of their own daughters. The life stories described by both mother (aged 67) and the daughter (aged 41) span over four generations. Six themes were identified in the mother's narrative and four in the daughter's, highlighting strategies for resisting ED and body dissatisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-428
Number of pages36
JournalWomen and Therapy
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Anorexia
  • Case studies
  • DES
  • Eating disorders
  • Life history
  • Mothering
  • Women's health

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