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Caring for an adolescent with anorexia nervosa: parent's views and experiences

McCormack, C. & McCann, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3548-4204 (2015). Caring for an adolescent with anorexia nervosa: parent's views and experiences. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 29(3), pp. 143-147. doi: 10.1016/j.apnu.2015.01.003


There is a distinct lack of studies that explore the views and opinions of parents in relation to people diagnosed with an eating disorder. This study specifically investigated the subjective experiences of parents who were caring for an adolescent with anorexia nervosa in Ireland. A qualitative descriptive approach was used to elicit the unique views and experiences of seven mothers and three fathers. The findings showed that parents recognised the significant impact that the illness was having on all facets of family life. Despite the negative impact of the illness, parents remained hopeful that the adolescent would recover. In terms of current mental health nursing practice, this study demonstrates the importance of viewing parents as an integral resource and involving parents in care planning and treatment approaches.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2015. This article has been published by Elsevier in Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: adolescents, anorexia nervosa, parents, caregiving
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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