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The experience of bulimia: a phenomenologic investigation.

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  • Author(s): Broussard BB
  • Source:
    University of Washington 2002; Ph.D. 169 p-169 p. (1p)
  • Publication Type:
    Doctoral Dissertation - research
  • Language:
    English
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      The overall purpose of this study was to understand and interpret bulimia nervosa as women experience it. The theoretical framework and assumptions associated with Heideggerian phenomenology provided the basic foundation informing the study. Thirteen actively bulimic women participated in the investigation. Data was obtained through semistructured tape-recorded interviews, demographic forms, Center of Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, and a personal diary.The participants' narratives revealed four themes that characterized the experience of living with this disorder: Isolating Self, Living in Fear, Being at War With the Mind, and Pacifying the Brain . These themes were under an overarching experience of 'living a double life' which encompassed a 'bulimic life' and a 'public life'. Because the practices and activities that bulimic women engage in were carried out in secret, the participants experienced isolation from their friends, family, and the world in general. Since binge eating and self-induced vomiting are considered abnormal behaviors, the participants were subjected to a negative public perception, which led to the experience of living in fear. The women feared being judged if others knew about the disorder. Several participants also feared living without bulimia because it had become a significant part of their identity. In addition, these women were terrified of gaining weight or becoming fat. The participants experienced an internal struggle with the mind. In order to pacify the inner voice many women fed the compulsion to eat, which resulted in the experience of guilt. The women balanced the experience by getting rid of fullness, erasing the calories, soothing the sense that 'something's' going to happen, and erasing the guilt. This was primarily achieved through self-induced vomiting. Scores from the Center of Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale demonstrated a high level of depressive symptomatology among all thirteen women.Understanding what the experience is like for women who suffer from this disorder is important. Bulimia often presents as a chronic and potentially lifelong health issue. Gaining bulimic women's perspective could promote a comprehensive appreciation of bulimia; it's etiology, and direction for relevant treatment alternatives.
    • Instrumentation:
      Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D)
    • ISBN:
      9780493814551
    • Accession Number:
      UMI Order AAI3062921
    • Publication Date:
      20040924
    • Publication Date:
      20150923
    • Accession Number:
      109878705
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BROUSSARD BB. The experience of bulimia: a phenomenologic investigation. 2002. Ph.D. - University of Washington, [s. l.], 2002. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109878705. Acesso em: 5 jun. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Broussard BB. The experience of bulimia: a phenomenologic investigation. Experience of Bulimia: A Phenomenologic Investigation. January 2002:169 p. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109878705. Accessed June 5, 2020.
    • APA:
      Broussard BB. (2002). The experience of bulimia: a phenomenologic investigation [Ph.D., University of Washington]. In Experience of Bulimia: A Phenomenologic Investigation (p. 169 p).
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Broussard BB. 2002. “The Experience of Bulimia: A Phenomenologic Investigation.” Experience of Bulimia: A Phenomenologic Investigation. Ph.D., University of Washington. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109878705.
    • Harvard:
      Broussard BB (2002) The experience of bulimia: a phenomenologic investigation, Experience of Bulimia: A Phenomenologic Investigation. Ph.D. University of Washington. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109878705 (Accessed: 5 June 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Broussard BB 2002, ‘The experience of bulimia: a phenomenologic investigation’, Ph.D. thesis, University of Washington, Experience of Bulimia: A Phenomenologic Investigation, p. 169 p, viewed 5 June 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Broussard BB. “The Experience of Bulimia: A Phenomenologic Investigation.” Experience of Bulimia: A Phenomenologic Investigation, University of Washington, Jan. 2002, p. 169 p. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109878705.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Broussard BB. “The Experience of Bulimia: A Phenomenologic Investigation.” Experience of Bulimia: A Phenomenologic Investigation. Ph.D., University of Washington, 2002. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109878705.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Broussard BB. The experience of bulimia: a phenomenologic investigation [Internet] [Ph.D.]. Experience of Bulimia: A Phenomenologic Investigation. University of Washington; 2002 [cited 2020 Jun 5]. p. 169 p. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=109878705