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Barriers to help-seeking in young women with eating disorders: a qualitative exploration in a longitudinal community survey

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Evans, EJ and Hay, PJ and Mond, J and Paxton, SJ and Quirk, F and Rodgers, B and Jhajj, AK and Sawoniewska, MA, Barriers to help-seeking in young women with eating disorders: a qualitative exploration in a longitudinal community survey, Eating disorders, 19, (3) pp. 270-285. ISSN 1064-0266 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

DOI: doi:10.1080/10640266.2011.566152

Abstract

Few with eating disorders (EDs) access evidence-based treatments. We conducted a prospective exploration of help-seeking by 57 community women with bulimic-type EDs using the Framework approach of familiarization, identifying themes, indexing, charting and mapping and interpretation. The mean age of the sample was 33 years. Results found women sought help for concerns regarding perceived (over) weight rather than for eating, although many women would have welcomed questions from professionals regarding eating behaviours. Empathy, providing information and hope were considered important features of health professionals to provide a positive experience of help-seeking. Specific personal barriers to treatment included low motivation, fear of stigma, and cost. Greater clinician and community awareness of and action on these issues would likely help close "the gap" for effective help-seeking by those with EDs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Help-seeking, Eating disorders
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117938
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-11-07
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