The book below is based on original qualitative inquiry conducted with three participants - Veronica, LaTonya, and Teresa - who comprised a mixed ED sample.  The names in the book have been changed from the original research.  High level information about the original research can be gleaned from this poster view.  Deeper understanding of the research as voiced through the participants is found in Narrative Journeys of Young Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Hidden Community Among Us.

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About the Book

Narrative Journeys of Young Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Hidden Community Among Us explores how the realities of three young black women who have experienced eating disorders since childhood were transformed, discussing the larger implications of disordered eating in underrepresented populations. People of all ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds are susceptible to their grips, yet black women and children are experiencing eating disorders and suffering in silence due to shame and stigma. Due to barriers such as the conventional thought that eating disorders do not occur in the black community, they are often not acknowledged, discussed, or treated properly. Dr. Stephanie Hawthorne argues that these women’s lived experiences substantiate the need for culturally sensitive and inclusive prevention, intervention, and care when it comes to mental health, and offers recommendations to schools, clinicians, parents, and adolescents to accomplish these goals. Scholars of communication, mental health, race studies, education, and medicine along with clinicians and parents will find this book particularly useful. ISBNs: hardback 978-1-4985-8983-3 / e-book 978-1-4985-8912-3. To receive copies of this book, complete the Book Order Form located on the “Contact Us” page or click here.