Title

Binge and Purge Processes in Bulimia Nervosa: A Qualitative Investigation

Keywords

bulimia nervosa, binge, purge, eating disorder

Abstract

This study explored the nature and functions of the binge and purge processes of those who suffer from bulimia nervosa. Using a quali- tative research design, the researchers conducted semi-structured interviews with eight affected women, asking them to discuss their bingeing and purging experiences. Use of an emergent data analy- sis method revealed participants’ behaviors as attempts to cope and control, to improve self-regard and social status, to regulate emo- tion, and to provide physiological reinforcement. Implications of the findings for clinical practice are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Jeppson, J. E., Richards, P. S., Hardman, R. K., & Granley, H. M. (2003). Binge and purge processes in bulimia nervosa: A qualitative investigation. Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 11, 115-128.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2003

Publisher

Eating Disorder

Language

English

College

David O. McKay School of Education

Department

Counseling Psychology and Special Education

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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