Reclamation of power and self: a meta-synthesis exploring the process of recovery from anorexia nervosa

Tristan Duncan, Bernadette Sebar, Jessica Lee

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Despite considerable investigation on behalf of the academic community, the process of recovery from anorexia nervosa remains enigmatic. The following study sought to enhance current understandings of recovery by synthesising the rich body of qualitative evidence examining the phenomenon from the perspective of those who have experienced it. Following a meta-ethnographic approach to synthesis, the study revealed two core categories related to empowerment and self-reconciliation. These categories describe recovery as a complex and consuming journey, entailing a self-determined search for identity and truth, and the repossession of personal control and power.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-190
Number of pages14
JournalAdvances in Eating Disorders
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

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