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The possible selves of women with Anorexia nervosa
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2012 (English)In: Eating Disorders, ISSN 1064-0266, E-ISSN 1532-530X, Vol. 20, no 4, 288-299 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Adopting the construct of possible selves, which are conceptions of our selves in future situations, the objective of this study was to investigate how anorexia patients differ from a non-clinical control group in their conceptions of the future on qualitative con- tent, and the four quantitative dimensions positive and negative emotional valence, and beliefs about probability and controllabil- ity. The Possible Selves Statements Test was employed. Participants presented 14 possible selves by completing the question “I can see myself . . .” and rating each possible self on the 4 dimensions. The patients reported a larger number of negative possible selves, with higher negative valence, often seeing future everyday situations as negative, whereas the control group saw similar situations as pos- itive. The anorexia patients also reported negative possible selves with high controllability and high probability in relation to such situations and in some cases rated recovery from anorexia with a negative valence. Clinical implications are discussed.

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Routledge , 2012. Vol. 20, no 4, 288-299 p.
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self, possible selves, Anorexia nervosa
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1294DOI: 10.1080/10640266.2012.689212PubMedID: 22703570Local ID: 2320/11051OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1294DiVA: diva2:869318
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