PLEATEAU, C.R., 2017. Female athlete experiences of seeking and receiving treatment for an eating disorder. Eating Disorders, 25 (3), pp. 273-277.
Clinical eating disorders are common among athletes; however research has yet to explore the process of seeking and receiving treatment for an eating disorder in this population. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with thirteen female athletes currently receiving treatment for an eating disorder. Three themes emerged: Challenges to treatment seeking; Feeling out of place and Coping with exercise transitions. Athletes reported low levels of eating disorder literacy and lacked motivation to engage with therapy due to a lack of perceived relevance. Athletes found it challenging to relinquish exercise behaviours in treatment and expressed concerns around managing a return to sport. It may be necessary to provide additional support to athletes when embarking on and leaving treatment programmes, particularly with regards to managing expectations about exercise.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Eating Disorders on 4 Jan 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10640266.2016.1269551.