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An integrative review of the literature on how eating disorders among adolescents affect the family as a system - complex structures and relational processes
Department of Health Care Sciences, Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Caring science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2610-8998
2016 (English)In: Mental Health Review Journal, ISSN 1361-9322, E-ISSN 2042-8758, Vol. 21, no 3, 213-230 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


The aim of this literature review is to describe how eating disorders among adolescents affect family relationships and the family’s daily living conditions and to describe the family’s experienced need for professional support.


An integrative literature review based on the method of Whittemore and Knafl (2005). 15 articles with both qualitative and quantitative approaches were reviewed.


The results are presented in two main themes: A disharmonic family and The need for input from healthcare professionals. The results are discussed using Callista Roy's adaptation model and the adaptive modes; Group Identity Mode, Role Function and Interdependence.


This review article will be of interest to clinical nurses and other professionals who encounter families to clarify how the relationships and roles change within the family. To our knowledge, no integrative review has paid attention to how the relational aspects of the family members, their social roles and role constructions within the family affect daily living.

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2016. Vol. 21, no 3, 213-230 p.
Keyword [en]
Adolescents; Eating disorders; Family; Integrative review; Psychiatric nursing; Roy's adaptation model
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Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22246DOI: 10.1108/MHRJ-09-2015-0027ISI: 000386211800005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84987850203OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22246DiVA: diva2:953435
Available from: 2016-08-17 Created: 2016-08-17 Last updated: 2016-12-07Bibliographically approved

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