An exploration of the role of nursing in the inpatient treatment of anorexic adolescents: Reworking the infantile feeding relationship as a template for recovery

Pinnock, E J (2022) An exploration of the role of nursing in the inpatient treatment of anorexic adolescents: Reworking the infantile feeding relationship as a template for recovery. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust/University of Essex. Full text available

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to explore how nursing professionals, working in a specialist adolescent inpatient eating disorder setting, experience their role in emotionally supporting the young people in their care and managing the demands of their working role. Data was gathered using semi-structured interviews of two nurses and five nursing assistants and this was analysed using IPA (Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis). Six emergent themes will be considered: Regulating appetite for life; Active waiting; Digesting experiences; Cleaning up; Connecting as a team; Preparing for an ending and letting go Comparison will then be made to the infantile feeding relationship and how, through reworking this, the nursing staff facilitate the patients to develop a healthier approach to relationships, experience and life. Recommendations are made regarding how nurses can be supported in their work and the importance of recognising and valuing the difficulty of the emotional aspects of the work.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Essex for the degree of Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychotherapy
Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Eating Disorders
Health and Medical Sciences > Patient Care
Research, Tests, Assessments > Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Research
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2593

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