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Testing Guidano's model of psychopathology in eating-disordered individuals : a multiple case study

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dc.contributor.author Hajiyannis H en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:13:41Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:13:41Z
dc.date.created 1994 en
dc.date.submitted 1997 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/25782
dc.description.abstract This study sets out to critically examine Guidano's model of psychopathology in eating-disordered individuals. The literature review highlights the diverse etiological approaches that have been undertaken in understanding eating disorders. Guidano's model is presented as ... a developmental, unitary model of psychopathology, conceptualised within a systems/ process-oriented approach to organised complexity. [A] ... case study methodology is utilised to test the viability and limitation of Guidano's model. Four in-depth case histories are presented which offer appropriate material for the testing of the model. The data is analysed using the reading guide method and presented in terms of the four features of Guidano's model: (1) dysfunctional patterns of attachment; (2) sense of self; (3) major themes on systemic coherence; (4) common coping strategies. The findings of the research support Guidano's model of psychopathology in eating-disordered individuals. The findings are: (1) attachment styles are ambiguous, intrusive, and enmeshed; participants experience a disappointment in the preferential attachment relationship; (2) that participants' sense of self is blurred and wavering; (3) the major theme on systemic coherence is the oscillation between seeking and avoiding intimacy; (4) common coping strategies are: the seeking of supportive intimacy with minimal self-exposure; withdrawal into the self; perfectionism; the development of an eating disorder; continuous thoughts about food, eating, and weight which prevents participants from becoming aware of the real issues confronting them. The model is further evaluated in terms of its contribution to research on the role of the father in child and adolescent psychopathology. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Psychopathology en
dc.title Testing Guidano's model of psychopathology in eating-disordered individuals : a multiple case study en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree M SOC SC en


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