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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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Abstract

QUILES-CESTARI, Leila Maria  and  RIBEIRO, Rosane Pilot Pessa. The occupational roles of women with anorexia nervosa. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.2, pp. 1-2. ISSN 0104-1169.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692012000200004.

This study’s objective was to understand how occupational roles of individuals with anorexia nervosa are configured. The sample was composed of a control group and 11 adult women with anorexia nervosa being cared for by the Eating Disorders Care Group in a hospital in Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. Socio-demographic and anthropometric data were collected and the Role Checklist was applied. The results revealed a significant loss of roles for women with anorexia nervosa in relation to the performance of the roles worker, friend, and amateur/hobbyist, supporting the idea that psychosocial harm may arise from this eating disorder. The evaluation of occupational roles in the treatment of eating disorders is an important strategy for planning Occupational Therapy activities and supporting the creation of healthier spaces to enable individuals to resume occupational roles, and acquire independence and autonomy.

Keywords : Performance Roles; Anorexia Nervosa; Eating Disorders.

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