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The Roy Adaptation Model: A Theoretical Framework for Nurses Providing Care to Individuals With Anorexia Nervosa

Jennings, Karen M. PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000175
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Using a nursing theoretical framework to understand, elucidate, and propose nursing research is fundamental to knowledge development. This article presents the Roy Adaptation Model as a theoretical framework to better understand individuals with anorexia nervosa during acute treatment, and the role of nursing assessments and interventions in the promotion of weight restoration. Nursing assessments and interventions situated within the Roy Adaptation Model take into consideration how weight restoration does not occur in isolation but rather reflects an adaptive process within external and internal environments, and has the potential for more holistic care.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, The University of Chicago, Illinois.

Correspondence: Karen M. Jennings, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, The University of Chicago, 5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC3077, Chicago, IL 60637 (

This study was supported, in part, by the National Institute of Mental Health (T32MH082761), Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program Scholarship, and Boston College Graduate Student Research Fellowship.

The author declared no actual or known potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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