Previous studies have investigated the potential harmful effects of pro-eating disorder (ED) websites. Websites, such as personal blogs, may contain eating disorder content that may hold important information as well and must be considered. Fifteen blogs hosted by the site “Tumblr” were qualitatively analyzed. Each blog owner was anonymous and all were female. Ten main themes were extracted using grounded theory: interaction, negative self-worth, mind and body disturbances, pictures, eating disorders, suicide, diet, exercise, stats, and recovery. Additional themes also appeared in the study. Results indicate that although each individual blog is unique to its owner, common concepts existed among the majority. The implications for the information in the ED blogs and directions for future research are discussed.
Eating Disorders, Blogs, Online Support, Treatment
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Gies, J., & Martino, S. (2014). Uncovering ED: A Qualitative Analysis of Personal Blogs Managed by Individuals with Eating Disorders. The Qualitative Report, 19(29), 1-15. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol19/iss29/1