Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Russell T. Hurlburt
Number of Pages
Inner experience is of crucial importance in bulimia---clearly something experiential leads individuals to binge or purge. We used Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES) to examine the inner experience of bulimia in 5 participants, replicating Doucette (1992). Our participants' inner experiences were largely consistent with Doucette's but were substantially different from what is assumed by the non-DES literature: our bulimic participants had a consistent fragmentation of attention, hypersensitivity to the sensory aspects of experience, affect that is poorly differentiated and often confused with cognition, and a striking lack of cognition overall. These results suggest that DES can be a powerful tool to challenge the assumptions of the extant literature and to expand our understanding of bulimia.
Bulimia; Experience; Inner
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Jones-Forrester, Sharon, "Inner experience in bulimia" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1947.