The specifics of coping : parents of daughters with anorexia nervosa

Honey, Anne and Halse, Christine 2006, The specifics of coping : parents of daughters with anorexia nervosa, Qualitative health research, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 611-629, doi: 10.1177/1049732305285511.

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Title The specifics of coping : parents of daughters with anorexia nervosa
Author(s) Honey, Anne
Halse, Christine
Journal name Qualitative health research
Volume number 16
Issue number 5
Start page 611
End page 629
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Newbury Park, Calif.
Publication date 2006-05
ISSN 1049-7323
Keyword(s) anorexia nervosa
eating disorders
parents' perspectives
qualitative research
Summary In this article, the authors report on an interview study in which parents described the coping strategies they used to deal with the demands of having a daughter diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. They compare parents’ accounts with commonly used categorizations in quantitative studies of parental coping and adjustment. The study indicates that parents attribute multiple, complex, and unique motives to their actions that problematize quantitative constructions of types of coping. Parents often defined their actions differently and reported using coping strategies that were not considered or measured by the most widely used quantitative coping instruments. The analysis indicates that when the focus is on understanding and assisting parental coping in particular circumstances, situated, contextspecific analyses are necessary to design measures that accurately reflect parents’ coping efforts.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1049732305285511
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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