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Occupational Experiences of Recovery from Anorexia Nervosa

Dr Elysa Roberts & Tegan Gordon-Savory

University of Newcastle



An interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) of women’s recovery process from Anorexia Nervosa (Anorexia). Specifically, we are interested in gaining a better understanding of how participants’ “occupational experiences”, i.e., activities, routines, habits and environmental changes, influenced their recovery from Anorexia. This study builds on similar work conducted with women recovered from Bulimia Nervosa in 2015.

• English-speaking women • aged 28 or older • with history of primary diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa, • who received medical, psychological and/or psychiatric treatment at some point in recovery, • who assesses herself as recovered from Anorexia Nervosa for a considerable time and • is willing to share her experience in a confidential, audiotaped, semi-structured interview via SKYPE – the interview will take 1.5 – 2 hours, and can be completed in two parts as needed

Consenting participants are asked to complete a Demographic Survey to provide information about age, an estimate of the chronology of experience with Anorexia and notation of any professional services used during the recovery process. Subsequently participants are asked to engage in an in-depth, audiotaped interview via SKYPE about what she did to recover from Anorexia in detail and the significance of this process in her life. Questions cover topics particularly associated with daily activities, behaviors, routines and habits occurring over the course of recovery from Anorexia. We anticipate the interview will take 1.5 – 2 hours to complete. Note: Due to the nature of the IPA methodology, we are seeking a smaller, more homogenous sample which means if we received a high number of interested participants, we will utilize the findings from the Demographic Survey to select 6 – 10 participants who appear to have the most similar profiles.

SKYPE for the interview. Data analysis and governing Ethics are located at University of Newcastle.

Chief Investigator, Dr Elysa Roberts, +61 2 4921 6663 or elysa.roberts@newcastle.edu.au

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