Barriers to help-seeking in young women with eating disorders: a qualitative exploration in a longitudinal community survey

Evans, Elizabeth J., Hay, Phillipa J., Mond, Jonathan, Paxton, Susan J., Quirk, Frances, Rodgers, Bryan, Jhajj, Atiranjan K., and Sawoniewska, Marta A. (2011) Barriers to help-seeking in young women with eating disorders: a qualitative exploration in a longitudinal community survey. Eating Disorders, 19 (3). pp. 270-285.

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Abstract

Few with eating disorders (EDs) access evidence-based treatments. We conducted a prospective exploration of help-seeking by 57 community women with bulimic-type EDs using the Framework approach of familiarization, identifying themes, indexing, charting and mapping and interpretation. The mean age of the sample was 33 years. Results found women sought help for concerns regarding perceived (over) weight rather than for eating, although many women would have welcomed questions from professionals regarding eating behaviours. Empathy, providing information and hope were considered important features of health professionals to provide a positive experience of help-seeking. Specific personal barriers to treatment included low motivation, fear of stigma, and cost. Greater clinician and community awareness of and action on these issues would likely help close "the gap" for effective help-seeking by those with EDs.

Item ID: 17212
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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This research was supported by a mental health project grant from the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund. We thank and acknowledge the contribution of Ms. Rebecca Pedruzzi with participant assessments and interviews.

ISSN: 1532-530X
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2011 06:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics > 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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