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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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LEONIDAS, Carolina  and  SANTOS, Manoel Antônio dos. Significant social nets of women with eating disorders. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2013, vol.26, n.3, pp.561-571. ISSN 0102-7972.

This article aims to investigate how the significant social networks of women with eating disorders (ED) are configured, as well as the perceived social support and its possible implications on the evolution of the disorder. Six women in follow-up at an assistance service in ED in southeastern Brazil were investigated. The instruments used were the Network´s Map and semi-structured interview. The reports were submitted to thematic content analysis. It was evident that interpersonal relationships considered significant were scarce and with poor quality in terms of involvement degree and mutual support, weakening the potential support and, consequently, the participants'welfare and mental health. The family was characterized as the main source of social support. It is necessary to include support networks in health care and strengthening them in order to prevent diseases.

Keywords : Eating disorders; social networks; social support.

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