Service provision for men with eating issues in Australia: An analysis of organisations', practitioners', and men's experiences

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Dearden, Amanda and Mulgrew, Kate Elizabeth 2013. Service provision for men with eating issues in Australia: An analysis of organisations', practitioners', and men's experiences. Australian Social Work. 66 (4), pp. 590 - 606. https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2013.778306
AuthorsDearden, Amanda and Mulgrew, Kate Elizabeth
Abstract

Research was undertaken to explore issues surrounding service provision for men with eating issues in Australia. Qualitative and quantitative data were gathered from key stakeholders—organisations that provide treatment (n=15), practitioners that have worked with men with eating issues (n=10), and individual men with eating issues (n=5). Four key areas were explored: rates of access to services, the expression and development of eating issues in men, factors inhibiting or facilitating the recovery process, and recommendations to improve service provision. Results highlighted the need for increased awareness about men's eating issues within society generally, but for health professionals specifically, the need for better recognition of the expression of eating issues in men, and the expansion of existing services to be more “male friendly”. It is anticipated that service providers will benefit from these findings by identifying ways to reduce barriers and encourage help-seeking behaviour in men. Future research should seek to replicate and expand these findings using a larger sample size.

KeywordsEating Disorders; Eating Issues; Men; Service Provision
Year2013
JournalAustralian Social Work
Journal citation66 (4), pp. 590 - 606
PublisherAustralian Association Of Social Workers
ISSN0312-407X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2013.778306
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84888009090
Page range590 - 606
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
Place of publicationAustralia
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