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Title: Narrative constructions of anorexia and abuse: An athlete's search for meaning in trauma
Authors: Papathomas, Anthony
Lavallee, David
Contact Email: david.lavallee@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Papathomas A & Lavallee D (2012) Narrative constructions of anorexia and abuse: An athlete's search for meaning in trauma, Journal of Loss and Trauma, 17 (4), pp. 293-318.
Abstract: Interpretive approaches to the study of eating disorders are scarce. Narrative analysis provides an attractive means to address this shortfall and is applied to the life story of Beth, a former elite athlete with experience of anorexia nervosa and, as she revealed, sexual abuse. Six unstructured life history interviews took place yielding more than 9 hours of interview data. Throughout our conversations, Beth constructed multiple, fragile, and sometimes contrasting narrative coherences indicative of a fragmented and uncertain understanding of her life. It is argued that how Beth makes sense of her trauma is consequential for her future experiences.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/7652
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2011.616740
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Affiliation: Loughborough University
School of Sport

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