The experience of the intimate dyad after weight loss surgery: a qualitative description

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Kristen Grady Barbee (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Susan Letvak

Abstract: This qualitative descriptive study was performed to describe the experience of both members of the intimate dyad after one member had weight loss surgery. A convenience sample of ten dyads was recruited by snowballing sampling techniques through the researcher's personal contacts. Bodenmann's Theory of Dyadic Coping (2005) informed the data collection and analysis. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with each individual member of the dyad. Data from the individual interviews were analyzed using Colaizzi's (1978) method of data analysis; dyadic analysis was performed on each dyad's interviews using the method outlined by Eisikovits and Koren (2010). Four main themes were found: (1) no longer a slave to food; (2) good and bad; (3) surgery is just a tool, not the solution; and (4) support and accommodation.

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Language: English
Date: 2012
Dyadic Analysis, Intimate Dyad, Lived Experience, Qualitative Description, Weight Loss Surgery
Obesity $x Surgery $x Research
Weight loss $x Research
Dyadic analysis (Social sciences) $x Research

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