The alexithymia construct : a review of stability, and examination of its relationship with attachment and anorexia nervosa
Peters, Simone (2010) The alexithymia construct : a review of stability, and examination of its relationship with attachment and anorexia nervosa. DClinPsych thesis, University of Warwick.Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://webcat.warwick.ac.uk:80/record=b2581165~S1
The alexithymia construct first appeared in academic literature over 30 years ago, but has
recently undergone a revival in terms of research and clinical interest. The aim of this
thesis was to explore the concept of alexithymia, in the hope of elucidating the impact
that it can have on mental health difficulties, and offering suggestions for intervention.
The first chapter is a literature review focussing on the stability of alexithymia in relation
to different medical and psychiatric disorders, and evaluating the evidence for it being
either a transient state or permanent trait. Emphasis is placed on implications for
treatment, as well as directions for future research.
The second chapter reports findings from a cross-sectional study examining the
relationship between alexithymia and attachment in individuals with diagnosed anorexia
nervosa, compared to a group of non-clinical controls. The focus is on the high
prevalence of alexithymia and insecure attachment experiences in the clinical group, and
on the associations between alexithymia and insecure attachments, alexithymia and
eating disorder pathology, and insecure attachment and eating disorder pathology.
The third chapter is a reflective paper examining the impact of the research process on
the researcher in terms of personal and professional development. Consideration is paid
to methodological and conceptual issues related to the research process, and the impact
that conducting empirical work can have on clinical practice.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (DClinPsych)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Alexithymia, Anorexia nervosa, Attachment disorder|
|Official Date:||May 2010|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Psychology|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Knibbs, Jacky ; Phillips, Wendy, Dr.|
Completed in conjunction with Coventry University. School of Health and Social Sciences.
|Extent:||viii, 119,  leaves|
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