Exploring talk of causality in mothers of anorexic daughters.

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dc.contributor.author Blumberg, Bianca
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-08T06:16:03Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-08T06:16:03Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/11254
dc.description.abstract This research focused primarily on exploring the talk of mothers of daughters with Anorexia Nervosa, paying specific attention to their emic perceptions of the underlying causes of Anorexia Nervosa. The research sought to reveal the discourses underpinning participants talk. Further, the way in which these discourses serve to construct Anorexia Nervosa in particular ways as well as the function these discourses serve were explored. This study is qualitative and exploratory in design and provides a unique understanding of Anorexia Nervosa in the form of emic accounts gleaned from mothers' own experiences. The findings of this research suggest that mothers of daughters with Anorexia Nervosa primarily reproduce a discourse on the causality of Anorexia Nervosa that is family or biomedically focused. Through analysis of the discourses embedded in participants’ talk, it became evident that participants reproduce discourses of gender and femininity and are influenced by societal pressure as well as the constructions of womanhood and motherhood. Insight into a side of the mother of the Anorectic, often concealed in the literature, was revealed through a semi-structured interview process with nine urban, middle-class, white South African mothers of daughters with Anorexia Nervosa. Interviews were then transcribed and analysed according to Braun and Clarke's thematic analysis. Incorporating the silenced voices of mothers of daughters with Anorexia Nervosa appears to have allowed for the emergence of a more generous view of the mother and has contributed to a larger set of discursive repertoires through which to understand Anorexia Nervosa. This research further gave rise to the realisation of a need for a critical education program whereby taken for granted notions can be revealed and actively engaged. This program would ideally seek to free the anorexic woman as well as the mother from the constraints of the uncritically constructed conceptualisations of Anorexia Nervosa and femininity. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Anorexia Nervosa en_US
dc.subject Eating disorder en_US
dc.subject Discourse en_US
dc.subject Social constructionism en_US
dc.subject Mother en_US
dc.subject Daughter en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Emic accounts en_US
dc.subject Thematic analysis en_US
dc.subject Mother-daughter relationship en_US
dc.subject Qualitative design en_US
dc.title Exploring talk of causality in mothers of anorexic daughters. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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