Being me and being us - adolescents' experiences of treatment for eating disorders
2015 (English)In: Journal of eating disorders, ISSN 2050-2974, Vol. 3, no 9Article in journal (Refereed) Published
BACKGROUND: This qualitative study addresses adolescents' perception of treatment for eating disorders. The importance of involving parents in treatment of young people with eating disorders, especially young people with Anorexia Nervosa, is emphasized in a number of studies. Even so, this form of treatment does not work for everybody, not even within a limited diagnostic group. Previous research has revealed that many young people are not entirely satisfied with their treatment. However, there is a lack of knowledge concerning the perspectives of adolescents in outpatient treatment, whose treatment often involves family. The aim of the present study was to investigate how young people with experience from adolescent outpatient treatment for eating disorders, involving family-based and individual based interventions, perceive their time in treatment.
METHODS: This study was conducted using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach. Fifteen participants were recruited in collaboration with four specialized eating disorder units and interviewed with the purpose to gather narratives.
RESULTS: The analysis revealed that the adolescents sometimes felt more or less forced into treatment, and strong ambivalent feelings about if and how to participate in treatment permeated the adolescents' narratives. The common factors which emerged in the narratives were assembled under the two major themes: Having to involve family in treatment - in one way or another and Making progress in treatment - a matter of trust.
CONCLUSIONS: It is of great importance to involve family in treatment in order to understand the problems of the adolescents in their context and be able to take advantage of the resource that parents constitute. However, in certain situations, it is necessary to prioritise individual treatment interventions so that instead of sorting out difficult family situations the therapist focuses on enhancing the young people's resilience, thus enabling them to tackle problematic situations in life.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2015. Vol. 3, no 9
Eating disorders, adolescents, treatment, qualitative research
Psychiatry Other Clinical Medicine
Research subject Medicine
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-44821DOI: 10.1186/s40337-015-0051-5PubMedID: 25834734OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-44821DiVA: diva2:818449