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A phenomenological study of self-love in women's experiences healing from bulimia.

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  • Author(s): Orbanic SD
  • Source:
    University of Connecticut 2001; Ph.D. 232 p-232 p. (1p)
  • Publication Type:
    Doctoral Dissertation - research
  • Language:
    English
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
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    • Abstract:
      This research was a phenomenological study of self-love in women's experiences healing from bulimia. Feminist research methodology, interpretive phenomenology and existential-holistic nursing perspectives guided the inquiry. Eight women (mean age = 29.8 years) who reported that self-love is an aspect of their experiences healing from bulimia participated individually in 2 audiotaped research dialogues. Data consisted of thel6 transcribed dialogues, participants' written summaries of self-love in healing, and participants' selections of music, artwork and prose. Van Manen's method for thematic analysis, Drew's method for the development and use of a researcher's synthesis of intentionality, and phenomenological writing as method were used to analyze data.Three major themes were identified (1) The Happening-Realizing of Self-love in Healing; (2) Discovering Self-love through Transformative Life Experiences; and (3) The Feeling-Being of Self-love in Healing. Theme #1 involved two sub-themes: (a) realizing one's holistic self, and (b) awakening to one's spirit. Theme #2 involved 4 sub-themes: (a) journaling, (b) leaving home or going away to college, (c) engaging in therapy, and (d) experiencing critical, abusive, or nurturing relationships. The last major theme comprised 3 sub-themes: (a) empowered freedom, (b) authenticity-strength, and (c) peace-harmony-joy.Self-love was understood as a dynamic, holistic phenomenon of healing, authenticity and existential human being. Self-love in healing was an experience of enduring self-acceptance, perseverance and fully, freely participating in being. Self-love in healing was described as a feeling and awareness that involved meaningful and poignant self-realizations. These realizations were accompanied by visceral sensations and emotions that as a gestalt, created a peaceful, empowering transcendent experience. Self-love may be considered a tangible conduit to the soul. Findings were congruent with existential holistic perspectives of human being, healing, self-transcendence, expanding consciousness, authenticity, and spirituality. Implications for nursing concern self-love as a philosophy for holistic practice, particularly for self-awareness, personal knowing and therapeutic use of self. Further study and research will contribute to the refinement of these basic ideas, and to the development of a fully matured model of self-love as healing energy.
    • ISBN:
      9780493128221
    • Accession Number:
      UMI Order AAI3004850
    • Publication Date:
      20020614
    • Publication Date:
      20150923
    • Accession Number:
      109874965
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ORBANIC SD. A phenomenological study of self-love in women’s experiences healing from bulimia. 2001. Ph.D. - University of Connecticut, [s. l.], 2001. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109874965. Acesso em: 5 dez. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Orbanic SD. A phenomenological study of self-love in women’s experiences healing from bulimia. Phenomenological Study of Self-love in Women’s Experiences Healing From Bulimia. January 2001:232 p. Accessed December 5, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109874965
    • APA:
      Orbanic SD. (2001). A phenomenological study of self-love in women’s experiences healing from bulimia [Ph.D., University of Connecticut]. In Phenomenological Study of Self-love in Women’s Experiences Healing From Bulimia (p. 232 p).
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Orbanic SD. 2001. “A Phenomenological Study of Self-Love in Women’s Experiences Healing from Bulimia.” Phenomenological Study of Self-Love in Women’s Experiences Healing From Bulimia. Ph.D., University of Connecticut. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109874965.
    • Harvard:
      Orbanic SD (2001) A phenomenological study of self-love in women’s experiences healing from bulimia, Phenomenological Study of Self-love in Women’s Experiences Healing From Bulimia. Ph.D. University of Connecticut. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109874965 (Accessed: 5 December 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Orbanic SD 2001, ‘A phenomenological study of self-love in women’s experiences healing from bulimia’, Ph.D. thesis, University of Connecticut, Phenomenological Study of Self-love in Women’s Experiences Healing From Bulimia, p. 232 p, viewed 5 December 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Orbanic SD. “A Phenomenological Study of Self-Love in Women’s Experiences Healing from Bulimia.” Phenomenological Study of Self-Love in Women’s Experiences Healing From Bulimia, University of Connecticut, Jan. 2001, p. 232 p. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109874965.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Orbanic SD. “A Phenomenological Study of Self-Love in Women’s Experiences Healing from Bulimia.” Phenomenological Study of Self-Love in Women’s Experiences Healing From Bulimia. Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2001. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109874965.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Orbanic SD. A phenomenological study of self-love in women’s experiences healing from bulimia [Internet] [Ph.D.]. Phenomenological Study of Self-love in Women’s Experiences Healing From Bulimia. University of Connecticut; 2001 [cited 2020 Dec 5]. p. 232 p. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109874965