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När livet vänds upp och ner: Familjens upplevelser av när ett barn drabbats av Anorexia Nervosa
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
When life is turned upside-down : Family’s experience of when a child is affected of Anorexia Nervosa (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is a common and serious eating disorder which mostly affects young girls. Research shows that AN can have a negative effect on the entire family and that there is a lack of knowledge about AN in society and healthcare settings. Aim: The aim of this study is to illuminate family’s experiences of when a child is affected of Anorexia Nervosa. Method: A literature-based study was conducted and ten scientific articles were analyzed with a qualitative approach. Results: Three main themes emerged; "A changed family situation", "An emotional chaos" and "In the meeting with health care providers”. The result shows that AN has a great impact on family life. AN affects relationship´s and make the family atmosphere conflict-ridden. Parents and siblings experience negative feelings such as powerlessness, frustration, fear and guilt. They had bad experiences of treatment and perceived stigma from healthcare and society. Some family’s experience that AN had positive aspect as well, like bringing the family closer together. The result also describes family’s need for information and wish for participation in their child’s care. Conclusion: This study provides an understanding of family’s experiences when a child is affected of AN. The family is greatly affected when a child suffers from AN, and for the family to be able to support and help their child in this sickness, they need support from understanding and knowing health staff. It is important for nurses to provide support to these families and to meet them with knowledge and understanding.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 24
Keywords [en]
Anorexia Nervosa, Caring, Experience, Eating disorder, Family perspective
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12266Local ID: EXO502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12266DiVA, id: diva2:1201447
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Nursing science
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Nursing Programme
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Available from: 2018-05-03 Created: 2018-04-25 Last updated: 2018-05-03Bibliographically approved

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