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Shifting identities: exploring occupational identity for those in recovery from an eating disorder

Shifting identities: exploring occupational identity for those in recovery from an eating disorder The purpose of this paper is to explore the nature, transition and formation of occupational identity for those in recovery from eating disorders (EDs).Design/methodology/approachSemi-structured “episodic” interviews were carried out with six women, self-identifying in recovery from an ED. Narrative-type-analysis produced a distilled narrative of participants’ accounts, before use of thematic analysis compared and extracted pertinent themes.FindingsDuring recovery from an ED, significant shifts occurred in occupational identities, moving from sole identification with the ED, to a greater understanding of self; facilitated by increased engagement in meaningful occupations, adapting occupational meaning, connecting with self and others and the importance of becoming and belonging.Originality/valueThis is the first known piece of research exploring occupational identity in relation to EDs. The findings are applicable to occupational therapists and add to the growing body of qualitative research into EDs. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qualitative Research Journal Emerald Publishing

Shifting identities: exploring occupational identity for those in recovery from an eating disorder

Qualitative Research Journal , Volume 20 (1): 13 – Jan 20, 2020

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1443-9883
DOI
10.1108/qrj-07-2019-0054
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore the nature, transition and formation of occupational identity for those in recovery from eating disorders (EDs).Design/methodology/approachSemi-structured “episodic” interviews were carried out with six women, self-identifying in recovery from an ED. Narrative-type-analysis produced a distilled narrative of participants’ accounts, before use of thematic analysis compared and extracted pertinent themes.FindingsDuring recovery from an ED, significant shifts occurred in occupational identities, moving from sole identification with the ED, to a greater understanding of self; facilitated by increased engagement in meaningful occupations, adapting occupational meaning, connecting with self and others and the importance of becoming and belonging.Originality/valueThis is the first known piece of research exploring occupational identity in relation to EDs. The findings are applicable to occupational therapists and add to the growing body of qualitative research into EDs.

Journal

Qualitative Research JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 20, 2020

Keywords: Qualitative research; Narrative research; Occupational therapy; Eating disorders; Eating disorder recovery; Sociocultural perspectives

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