The Experience and Management of Emotions on an Inpatient Setting for People with Anorexia Nervosa: A Qualitative Study
Article first published online: 14 DEC 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 226–238, May/June 2013
How to Cite
Pemberton, K. and Fox, J. R. E. (2013), The Experience and Management of Emotions on an Inpatient Setting for People with Anorexia Nervosa: A Qualitative Study. Clin. Psychol. Psychother., 20: 226–238. doi: 10.1002/cpp.794
- Issue published online: 22 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 14 DEC 2011
- Emotional Management;
- Anorexia Nervosa;
- Inpatient Unit
Research has identified how people with anorexia nervosa (AN) have problematic relationships with their own emotions, which can impact recovery. The aim of this study was to understand factors that were important in the care and emotional management of people with eating disorders on an inpatient unit.
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight participants with AN.
Interview transcripts were analysed using a qualitative approach that was based upon interpretative phenomenological analysis, but also incorporated a theoretical component.
From the qualitative analysis, two overarching and related themes were developed: ‘difficulty with emotion’ and ‘predictability and care’. These were underpinned by a number of theoretical important constructs, such as ‘staff factors’, ‘understanding of emotion’, ‘validity of emotion’ and ‘looking for ideal care’.
Results suggested that the management strategies employed by some staff could serve to maintain eating disorders symptoms, whilst patient factors were also important as they had negative effect on staff's impact to care for this patient group. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Key Practitioner Message
- Emotions and emotional processing is problematic for people with anorexia nervosa.
- The expression of emotions within anorexia nervosa is difficult and it often leads to emotional expressions that are out of context.
- Staff teams need to be aware of the issue of expectations of care when looking after people with anorexia nervosa.