Disappearing in a female world : men’s experiences of having an eating disorder (ED) and how it impacts their lives

Lyons, G ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6944-537X, McAndrew, S ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4681-3261 and Warne, T 2019, 'Disappearing in a female world : men’s experiences of having an eating disorder (ED) and how it impacts their lives' , Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 40 (7) , pp. 557-566.

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The number of men diagnosed with anorexia has increased, men now representing 25% of those with eating disorders (EDs). Research has mainly been quantitative and female focused, with only two qualitative studies exploring the experiences of men. This study focused on the lived experiences of men diagnosed with an ED, and its impact on ‘everyday’ aspects of their lives. Qualitative research adopting narrative interviews was conducted with seven men aged 23-34 years old. Narrative analysis was used to interpret each individual story, with thematic analysis used to explore commonalities across all seven narratives. Four themes were identified, 1) The Final John Doe; 2) Help! I need somebody - Bedlam revisited; 3) Masculinity; 4) Not Working 9 to 5. Narratives highlight the need for further research if men are to receive appropriate mental health care and better understanding and acceptance on the part of society, service providers, employers and men themselves.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0161-2840
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Depositing User: SL McAndrew
Date Deposited: 23 May 2019 09:46
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 02:07
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/51410

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