Adolescents' experiences of inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa
Article first published online: 26 AUG 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. and Eating Disorders Association
European Eating Disorders Review
Volume 12, Issue 5, pages 307–316, September/October 2004
How to Cite
Colton, A. and Pistrang, N. (2004), Adolescents' experiences of inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa. Eur. Eat. Disorders Rev., 12: 307–316. doi: 10.1002/erv.587
- Issue published online: 26 AUG 2004
- Article first published online: 26 AUG 2004
- anorexia nervosa;
- inpatient treatment
This qualitative study aimed to provide a detailed description of how adolescents experience inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa.
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 19 young women in two inpatient eating disorder units. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to analyse the data.
Participants expressed both positive and negative views of their inpatient treatment; their accounts were characterized by conflicts and dilemmas. Five themes were identified: (1) What is this illness that I have? (2) Do I want to get well? (3) Being with others: support vs distress; (4) Being an individual vs just another anorexic; and (5) Collaborating in treatment vs being treated.
The stages of change model provides a useful framework for understanding the experience of inpatient treatment. The findings suggest several ways in which inpatient units might more effectively meet the needs of adolescents with anorexia. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.