Narrative constructions of anorexia and abuse: an athlete's search for meaning in trauma

Anthony Papathomas, David Lavallee*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-318
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

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In: Journal of Loss and Trauma, Vol. 17, No. 4, 01.07.2012, p. 293-318.

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