College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Starving for Support: How Women with Anorexia Receive ‘Thinspiration’ on the Internet

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2010

Keywords

Creativity, Anorexia, Message Boards, Internet, Counseling

Publication Title

Journal of Creativity in Mental Health

ISSN

1540-1383

Volume

5

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

This article provides the definition of anorexia, prevalence of the disorder, and treatment prognosis. Further, although the Internet provides many helpful resources for identifying problematic eating behavior and resources for persons suffering with eating disorders, Web sites exist that are meant to encourage, promote, and sustain anorexic behavior. This article elucidates the harmful practices fostered by “thinspiration” Web sites and provides practical treatment implications inclusive of a relational-cultural framework for mental health professionals working with clients suffering from anorexia who use these sites.

DOI

10.1080/15401383.2010.527788

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