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Title: The experience of depicting mother-child relationships in visual form by individuals with anorexia nervosa: A pilot study
Authors: Martinez, Sylvia
Keywords: Anorexia Nervosa;Body Image;Mother-Child Relations;Visual Perception
Issue Date: Aug-2003
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to understand how individuals with anorexia nervosa experience depicting mother-child relationships in their artwork. This study focuses on how the individual diagnosed with anorexia experiences 1) creating an "ideal" mother-child drawing, 2) creating an "ordinary" mother-child drawing, 3) looking at the drawings, and 4) discussing the drawings. Common themes found through phenomenological analysis were the presence and absence of communication in mother-child relationships, support and love in the relationship, avoidance of personal mother-child relationships while indirectly revealing personal information, attachment between mother and child, and the role of the mother as disciplinarian or friend. The art process appeared to aid the participants in expressing their feelings about mother-child relationships in a metaphorical, nonverbal way.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1105
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