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Är man lyckad då blir man lycklig - en kvalitativ studie om ätstörningar och identitet

Axelsson, Anna LU (2011) SOPA63 20111
School of Social Work
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ABSTRACT

Author: Anna Axelsson
Title: If you are successful you will be happy – a qualitative study of eating disorders and identity. [translated title]
Supervisor: Associate Professor Håkan Johansson
Assessor: Associate Professor Håkan Jönsson

The purpose of this study was to examine how people who have suffered from an eating disorder construct their identity. More specifically its aim was to investigate the identity forming processes involved in the development of and recovery from eating disorders and the extent to which the eating disorder has formed their identity. My study was based on interviews which were analyzed qualitatively. My selection consisted of four young women who previously suffered from an eating disorder. As... (More)
ABSTRACT

Author: Anna Axelsson
Title: If you are successful you will be happy – a qualitative study of eating disorders and identity. [translated title]
Supervisor: Associate Professor Håkan Johansson
Assessor: Associate Professor Håkan Jönsson

The purpose of this study was to examine how people who have suffered from an eating disorder construct their identity. More specifically its aim was to investigate the identity forming processes involved in the development of and recovery from eating disorders and the extent to which the eating disorder has formed their identity. My study was based on interviews which were analyzed qualitatively. My selection consisted of four young women who previously suffered from an eating disorder. As my theoretical basis I used symbolic interactionism, in particular the theories from George H. Mead, Charles H. Cooley and Erving Goffman, in which identity is viewed mainly as a social product. My results indicated that the former eating disorder was a way for the interviewees to express an identity crisis in striving to live up to the social demands of society; the ideals of thinness, achievement and independence. During recovery these ideals became less important and the interviewees found other ways to obtain acknowledgement. At the end of the study I came to the conclusion that the interviewees have lived through the identity crisis expressed by the eating disorder and that this experience has contributed to a higher self-esteem and self-confidence.


Key words: eating disorders, identity, symbolic interactionism
Nyckelord: ätstörningar, identitet, symbolisk interaktionism (Less)
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Axelsson, Anna LU
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SOPA63 20111
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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symbolic interactionism, Key words: eating disorders, identity, ätstörningar, identitet, symbolisk interaktionism
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Swedish
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2146969
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  abstract     = {ABSTRACT

Author: Anna Axelsson
Title: If you are successful you will be happy – a qualitative study of eating disorders and identity. [translated title]
Supervisor: Associate Professor Håkan Johansson
Assessor: Associate Professor Håkan Jönsson

The purpose of this study was to examine how people who have suffered from an eating disorder construct their identity. More specifically its aim was to investigate the identity forming processes involved in the development of and recovery from eating disorders and the extent to which the eating disorder has formed their identity. My study was based on interviews which were analyzed qualitatively. My selection consisted of four young women who previously suffered from an eating disorder. As my theoretical basis I used symbolic interactionism, in particular the theories from George H. Mead, Charles H. Cooley and Erving Goffman, in which identity is viewed mainly as a social product. My results indicated that the former eating disorder was a way for the interviewees to express an identity crisis in striving to live up to the social demands of society; the ideals of thinness, achievement and independence. During recovery these ideals became less important and the interviewees found other ways to obtain acknowledgement. At the end of the study I came to the conclusion that the interviewees have lived through the identity crisis expressed by the eating disorder and that this experience has contributed to a higher self-esteem and self-confidence.


Key words: eating disorders, identity, symbolic interactionism
Nyckelord: ätstörningar, identitet, symbolisk interaktionism},
  author       = {Axelsson, Anna},
  keyword      = {symbolic interactionism,Key words: eating disorders,identity,ätstörningar,identitet,symbolisk interaktionism
},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Är man lyckad då blir man lycklig - en kvalitativ studie om ätstörningar och identitet},
  year         = {2011},
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