Dancing to death: Why are eating concerns endemic among female ballet dancers? A textual analysis of published memoirs.

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  • Author(s): Johnson, Hadley Atherton. Adelphi University, The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, US
  • Source:
    Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, Vol 80(1-B)(E), 2019.
  • Publisher:
    US : ProQuest Information & Learning
  • Language:
    English
  • Document Type:
    Dissertation
  • Publication Type:
    Dissertation Abstract
  • Additional Information
    • Other Journal Titles:
      Dissertation Abstracts International
    • ISSN:
      0419-4217 (Print)
    • ISBN:
      978-0438491106
    • Keywords:
      ballet, dance, eating disorders, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder
    • Abstract:
      Eating disorders are relatively common in ballet, with 4% of female ballet dancers estimated to suffer from anorexia nervosa alone, compared to 2% of the general population (Arcelus, Witcomb, & Mitchell, 2014). Notably, this estimate only identifies dancers who meet the full diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa; and it does not capture the women who suffer from a range of eating disturbances, including: atypical anorexia, binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, or other patterns of disordered eating. The present study explored the factors that contribute to the pervasiveness of eating disorders, as well as the dynamics among those factors to better understand why many dancers maladaptively manage stress through eating pathology. The scope of eating disorders includes: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other eating problems that are not well captured by any particular label. Using an inductive approach, a textual analysis program, Tropes, was used to analyze three autobiographies by well-known ballet dancers (Gelsey Kirkland, Jenifer Ringer, and Monica Loughman). The textual analysis revealed notable shared characteristics among the narratives. Exploring how these references were interconnected revealed three prominent themes: Experience of the Body, Identity, and Defiance and Submission. Through deductive inquiry, these themes were studied through the lens of a psychoanalytic theoretical framework. This study highlights the nuanced and intertwined factors that foster eating disorders among the ballet community. Implications for prevention and treatment are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)
    • Dissertation Details:
      UMI Order Number: AAI10994032
      OpenURL: http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:dissertation&res_dat=xri:pqm&rft_dat=xri:pqdiss:10994032
      Advisor(s): Karen Lombardi
      Degree: Ph.D., 2018
      Institution: Adelphi University, The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
    • Subject Terms:
    • PsycINFO Classification:
      Health & Mental Health Treatment & Prevention (3300)
    • Population:
      Human
      Female
    • Methodology:
      Empirical Study; Quantitative Study
    • Physical Description:
      Electronic
    • Publication Date:
      20181126
    • Accession Number:
      2018-52510-128
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      JOHNSON, H. A. Dancing to death: Why are eating concerns endemic among female ballet dancers? A textual analysis of published memoirs. 2019. ProQuest Information & Learning, [s. l.], 2019. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-52510-128. Acesso em: 20 fev. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Johnson HA. Dancing to death: Why are eating concerns endemic among female ballet dancers? A textual analysis of published memoirs. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. 2019;80(1-B(E)). http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-52510-128. Accessed February 20, 2020.
    • APA:
      Johnson, H. A. (2019). Dancing to death: Why are eating concerns endemic among female ballet dancers? A textual analysis of published memoirs [ProQuest Information & Learning]. In Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering (Vol. 80, Issue 1–B(E)).
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Johnson, Hadley Atherton. 2019. “Dancing to Death: Why Are Eating Concerns Endemic among Female Ballet Dancers? A Textual Analysis of Published Memoirs.” Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. ProQuest Information & Learning. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-52510-128.
    • Harvard:
      Johnson, H. A. (2019) Dancing to death: Why are eating concerns endemic among female ballet dancers? A textual analysis of published memoirs, Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. ProQuest Information & Learning. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-52510-128 (Accessed: 20 February 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Johnson, HA 2019, ‘Dancing to death: Why are eating concerns endemic among female ballet dancers? A textual analysis of published memoirs’, ProQuest Information & Learning, Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, vol. 80, no. 1–B(E), viewed 20 February 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Johnson, Hadley Atherton. “Dancing to Death: Why Are Eating Concerns Endemic among Female Ballet Dancers? A Textual Analysis of Published Memoirs.” Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, vol. 80, no. 1–B(E), ProQuest Information & Learning, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-52510-128.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Johnson, Hadley Atherton. “Dancing to Death: Why Are Eating Concerns Endemic among Female Ballet Dancers? A Textual Analysis of Published Memoirs.” Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. ProQuest Information & Learning, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-52510-128.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Johnson HA. Dancing to death: Why are eating concerns endemic among female ballet dancers? A textual analysis of published memoirs [Internet]. Vol. 80, Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. ProQuest Information & Learning; 2019 [cited 2020 Feb 20]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=psyh&AN=2018-52510-128