Applying Erikson's Developmental Theory To The Recovery Of Eating Disorders
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In this experiment participants are going to be asked a series of questions regarding your development, experience, and recovery with an eating disorder. This experiment has the potential to further our understanding of the recovery process from an eating disorder. There has been a reoccurring problem of not having a consistent definition of recovery throughout studies, causing studies and their results to be incomparable. This study will take a new template paralleling Erikson’s theory of development to the process of recovery. This model for recovery has not yet been applied to eating disorders, so our goal for this study is to try and verify whether or not the recovery of an eating disorder can mirror this model. By further understanding the process of recovery in an eating disorder, therapists and specialists can be more aware of how to track the recovery of an eating disorder. Participants in this study will be asked to complete two diagnostic measures. A Brief Mood Introspection Scale (BMIS) survey will be completed, independently, before the interview process begins as well as the Eat-26 survey. One-on-one semi-structured interviews will take place between the experimenter and the participant after the BMIS and Eat-26 survey was completed. Each interview will last approximately 90 minutes. There are 13 questions that will be asked by the experimenter that pertain to the initial diagnosis of their disorder, their past and/or current treatment, and their views on recovery. This is a qualitative study that will be analyzed using the model for recovery that mirrors Erikson’s theory of development.
Catherine Gillespie (Mentor)