Partecipanti e metodo. I costrutti personali di 30 giovani DCA (suddivisi in 10 obesi, 10 anoressiche, 10 bulimiche) sono stati rilevati utilizzando la tecnica delle Griglie di Repertorio (Kelly, 1955) e posti a confronto con quelli di un gruppo di controllo composto da 30 soggetti normo-peso. I costrutti personali sono stati classificati in categorie semantiche e i dati confrontati attraverso opportune analisi statistiche. Dai risultati emerge che i costrutti del gruppo DCA sono correlati alla semantica del potere più di quelli del gruppo di controllo, confermando le ipotesi formulate, sebbene l’interpretazione dei dati relativi ai sottogruppi appaia meno chiara. Tali risultati sono discussi alla luce sia delle loro implicazioni cliniche sia dei vincoli metodologici della ricerca.)" />
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Eating disorders and construction of meaning
Author/s: Marco Castiglioni, Elena Faccio, Guido Veronese, Annalisa Poiana Mosolo, Richard C. Bell 
Year:  2011 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  24 Pg. 5-28 FullText PDF:  275 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PDS2011-003001
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According to systemic-constructionist theory, psychopathology is a "science of meaning": each type of psychopathology is linked to specific semantics and to the position occupied by the individual within his/her familial context. The semantics of power is considered to be the most critical dimension of meaning for people suffering from eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia and obesity). This study aimed to empirically test the theory that eating disorders are psychologically linked to the semantics of power. The hypothesis was that personal meanings of "winner/loser" and associated meanings are predominant for people suffering from eating disorders. Participants and method. The Repertory Grid Technique (Kelly, 1955) was carried out with 30 young subjects suffering from eating disorders (divided into 3 subgroups: 10 obese/overweight; 10 anorexic; 10 bulimic patients), to elicit their most significant personal constructs. A sample of 30 normal-weight people was used as a control group. Participants’ constructs were grouped into semantic categories and the data compared using proper statistical analysis. Results: The constructs of the Eating Disorder Group were found to be significantly more connected to the semantics of power than those of the Control Group. The empirical data confirm the hypothesis, although the interpretation of the results regarding subgroups seems to be less clear. These results are discussed in the light of their clinical implications and of methodological limitations of the study.
Keywords: Psychopathology, meaning, eating disorders, systemic-constructionist theory, semantics of power, repertory grid technique

Marco Castiglioni, Elena Faccio, Guido Veronese, Annalisa Poiana Mosolo, Richard C. Bell, Eating disorders and construction of meaning in "PSICOLOGIA DELLA SALUTE" 3/2011, pp. 5-28, DOI:10.3280/PDS2011-003001


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