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CRUZAT, Claudia et al. Subjective Life Experiences and Meanings Associated with the Presence of an Eating Disorder, from the Perspective of Women who Suffer from it. Psykhe [online]. 2010, vol.19, n.1, pp.3-17. ISSN 0718-2228.

The current study seeks to understand the different perspectives, life experiences and subjective theories of young Chilean women with an eating disorder regarding their condition, discerning emotional aspects related to family dynamics, causal attributions and treatment. Qualitative methodology with a descriptive-exploratory design is used. Eight in depth interviews were carried out. Data analysis was based on open coding in accordance with Grounded Theory. The findings reveal that the disorder is experienced as a regulator of conflict and anxiety, generating negative and positive experiences, these being one of the main reasons for maintaining the disorder. Feelings of ambivalence and chronicity are highlighted among patients living with this illness.

Palabras clave : subjective experiences; anorexia; bulimia; eating disorders; treatment.

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