This study aims to investigate family psychodynamic functioning through psychological evaluation of personality characteristics of fathers, mothers and their daughters diagnosed with eating disorders (EDs) in order to identify possible relationships with the origin and maintenance of the condition. It is a clinical-qualitative study, based on psychoanalytic theoretical framework, and it is part of a bigger and international study: "Eating disorders, obesity and family: A cross-cultural perspective, conducted in partnership between the University of São Paulo and The Paris University (Paris 7). There will be thirty participants in this research: 10 Brazilian adolescents and young adults diagnosed with ED (anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa). The instruments used for data collection are: (1) Brazilian Economic Classification Criterion; (2) Semi-structured Interview; (3) Raven's Coloured Progressive Matrices; (4) Questionnaire for Eating Disorder Diagnosis (Q-EDD); (5) Rorschach Test; (6) Family and History Draw Procedure. Data will be triangulated and organized according to each family unit and interpreted from the perspective of psychoanalytic theoretical framework. It is hoped that this study will provide knowledge for clinical practice with regard to the relationship between the experiences of family relationships, personality traits and the manifestation of ED´s symptoms, leading to a more comprehensive understanding of the underlying psychological aspects that may contribute to support the activities and interventions of professionals involved in healthcare, prevention, and health promotion.
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