Shifting identities: exploring occupational identity for those in recovery from an eating disorder

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Dark, Esther and Carter, Sarah 2019. Shifting identities: exploring occupational identity for those in recovery from an eating disorder. Qualitative Research Journal. 20 (1), pp. 127-139. https://doi.org/10.1108/qrj-07-2019-0054
AuthorsDark, Esther and Carter, Sarah
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore the nature, transition and formation of occupational identity for those in recovery from eating disorders (EDs). Semi-structured “episodic” interviews were carried out with six women, self-identifying in recovery from an ED. Narrative-type-analysis produced a distilled narrative of participant’s accounts, before use of thematic analysis compared and extracted pertinent themes. During recovery from an ED, significant shifts occurred in occupational identities, moving from sole identification with the ED, to a greater understanding of self; facilitated by increased engagement in meaningful occupations, adapting occupational meaning, connecting with self and others and the importance of becoming and belonging. This is the first known piece of research exploring occupational identity in relation to EDs. The findings are applicable to occupational therapists and add to the growing body of qualitative research into ED's.

KeywordsGeneral Social Sciences; Narrative research; Occupational Therapy; Eating disorders; Eating disorders recovery; Sociocultural perspectives
Year2019
JournalQualitative Research Journal
Journal citation20 (1), pp. 127-139
PublisherEmerald
ISSN1443-9883
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/qrj-07-2019-0054
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624452
hdl:10545/624452
Publication dates23 Nov 2019
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Deposited05 Feb 2020, 10:44
Accepted20 Nov 2019
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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