Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This qualitative study investigated women's experiences of recovery from an eating disorder using an adaptation of Erikson's stage theory of recovery from mental illness. Five female participants, ages 20-40 years old and who identified as having an eating disorder and going through some form of treatment, were interviewed regarding their development, experience, and recovery from an eating disorder after completing the EAT-26 survey. Participants' responses were analyzed using open, axial, and selective coding. Three influences within the recovery process emerged through the analysis: personal (self), transitional, and interpersonal (social). The analysis suggests that an adaptation of Erikson 's developmental theory is useful in understanding the processes of eating disorder recovery.
BF1 .M63 v. 20 no. 1 2014
"Recovery is developmental: An exploration of Eriksonian psychosocial theory adapted to eating disorder recovery,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 20:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol20/iss1/6