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Title: Dear Me: Exploring the Experience of Generating Self-Compassion through Letter Writing in Adults with Eating Disorders
Authors: Showell, Lorna Jean
Supervisors: Allan, Steven
Award date: 1-Dec-2012
Presented at: University of Leicester
Abstract: Literature Review: The aim of the current literature review was to examine the evidence for expressive writing as an effective intervention in reducing symptoms in those presenting with eating disorders. A systematic search identified eight articles that met the selection criteria and were included in the review. The results suggested that the expressive writing task employed, and the subsequent findings of studies are variable. The review argued that further research is beneficial to determine the effectiveness of writing interventions for individuals with eating disorders and the mechanisms by which they may work. Research Report: Despite previous research acknowledging the prevalence of eating disorders and the difficulties associated with effective interventions, there is currently limited research investigating alternative treatments across eating disorder diagnoses. The aim of the research report was to explore the experiences of adults with eating disorders in generating self-compassion through letter writing. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse the transcripts from seven participant interviews. Three overarching themes emerged: the alien concept; leaving familiarity, letter writing as a journey and finding self-compassion. Implications for eating disorder services were made based on the experiences of these participants. Future research regarding the use of self-compassion is advocated, as well as the suggestion for a transdiagnostic approach. Critical Appraisal: The critical appraisal provides an account of the researcher’s journey and reflections on the research process.
Type: Thesis
Level: Doctoral
Qualification: DClinPsy
Rights: Copyright © the author, 2012
Appears in Collections:Theses, School of Psychology
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