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Psicologia Clínica

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SIQUEIRA, Ana Beatriz Rossato; DOS SANTOS, Manoel Antônio  and  LEONIDAS, Carolina. Confluences of family relationships and eating disorders: integrative literature review. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2020, vol.32, n.1, pp. 123-149. ISSN 0103-5665.

This study aimed to synthesize and analyse Brazilian and foreign scientific output about family relations, emphasizing the mother-daughter relationship, in the context of Eating Disorders (ED). The integrative literature review was the research method that allowed gathering and synthesizing available literature on this specific topic. The search was conducted through BVS-Psi, PsycINFO and PubMed databases. The data were retrieved from the databases comprising the period from 2012 to 2018 and the Portuguese, English and Spanish languages were delimited. The following descriptors were selected: family relations, eating disorders, mother and daughter relationship, and their equivalents in the other languages. A total of 29 studies were selected for analysis. The results showed the etiology of the EDs is multifactorial, with the mother-daughter relationship being one of the most relevant aspects, which seems to act as both a precipitating factor and a symptom maintainer in anorexia nervosa. Rigid patterns of family interaction represent a potential risk for maintenance of EDs. In summary, the studies demonstrated a close association between EDs and established patterns of relationships among family members. The synthesis of results reinforces the need to include family members and other social support networks in the treatment.

Keywords : eating disorders; family relations; literature review.

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