Managing a Daughter's Eating Disorder: The Mothers' Experiences
McMullen, Diane M.
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Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that often occur in female adolescents and, at times, require a caregiver to help manage care and treatment. Interviews, guided loosely by a list of pertinent questions, were used in this qualitative study; investigating the experiences of mothers who cared for and managed the treatment of their daughters who were diagnosed with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. Data from the interviews indicated common struggles, needs, and treatment management challenges. Upon review of the data, further examination regarding the experience of parental guilt and self-blame, benefits of group support, and family based practice are provided to offer suggestions for improved treatment recommendations for the mental health professional.