Japanese Journal of Qualitative Psychology
Online ISSN : 2435-7065
Psychological Meanings and Changing Process of Anorexia and Overeating in Adolescents with Eating Disorder Tendency
Analysis of Interview from Non-clinical Group
Satomi OkudaYuko Okamoto
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2009 Volume 8 Issue 1 Pages 76-95


The purposes of this research were to clarify the psychological features of the tendency towards anorexia and overeating eating disorders from feelings, consciousness and meanings behind anorexia and overeating eating disorders and to examine the stages that an adolescent goes through when developing an eating disorder. Pre-Research: The questionnaire that consisted of screening tests for university students was investigated. Main Research: The semistructured interviews were given to ten people. Psychological features of eating disorders from this research were analyzed in a series of time. The results were as follows: 1. The psychological process of anorexia shows "Desire to become thin and self-improvement desires", "Making of limitation custom", "Starvation habits", "Absorption in limitation and becoming a purpose". 2. On the other side, the psychological process of overeating shows "Diversion and comforts of the mind to stress", "Making of binge eating custom", "Obligation to overeating and dissociation", "Absorption in overeating and making overeating something to live for".

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