Disturbance at the Dinner Table: Exploring mothers’ experiences of mealtimes when caring for their son or daughter with anorexia nervosa

Date

2020-01-14

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Journal ISSN

ISSN

1359-1053

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Publisher

Sage

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This study examined mothers’ (n=9) mealtime experiences when caring for their son or daughter with anorexia nervosa (AN) through semi-structured interviews. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis identified three themes: 1) Managing mealtime combat through accommodation and acceptance; 2) Feeling isolated, inauthentic and ill-equipped; 3) A need for understanding and to be understood. The overarching concepts of ‘combat’ and ‘distortion’ also underpin the analysis, uniquely outlining how mothers come to understand this daily situation. Mealtime-related interventions need to be developed which prioritise promoting skills and confidence in managing mealtimes and helping carers to address the emotional challenges of these occasions.

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Keywords

Carer, Self-efficacy, Emotions, Eating Disorders, Meals

Citation

White, H., Haycraft, E., Williamson, I. and Mayer, C. (2020) Disturbance at the Dinner Table: Exploring mothers’ experiences of mealtimes when caring for their son or daughter with anorexia nervosa. Journal of Health Psychology,

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Research Institute

Institute for Psychological Science