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How do individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN) experience the voice dialogue method in the context of experiencing an internal eating disorder voice? A Thematic Analysis

Chua, Natalie Yi Ling; (2020) How do individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN) experience the voice dialogue method in the context of experiencing an internal eating disorder voice? A Thematic Analysis. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Objective: The internal eating disorder voice (EDV) has been implicated in the development and maintenance of anorexia nervosa (AN). However, limited research has examined interventions for this phenomenon. This study expanded the literature by exploring the acceptability of using such interventions by exploring how women with a diagnosis of AN experienced the voice dialogue method as a way of understanding and managing their EDV. Method: Nine women participated in the study. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews upon the completion of a single voice dialogue intervention. Thematic Analysis (TA) was used to understand how participants experienced the voice dialogue method and its relevance for treating AN. Results: Three main themes were identified: “externalizing and separating from the EDV”, “better understanding of the EDV” and “recovery: hopeful, motivated and afraid”. Conclusions: Participants found voice dialogue to be an acceptable approach for working with their EDV. Preliminary results suggest that voice dialogue might hold promise in the treatment of AN. However, more research is needed to verify these findings and determine the effectiveness of voice dialogue in treating AN. Implications for addressing the EDV using voice focused interventions are explored.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: How do individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN) experience the voice dialogue method in the context of experiencing an internal eating disorder voice? A Thematic Analysis
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2020. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10117647
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