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Relationship between compassion and predictors of depression in parents of people with an eating disorder

Who is carrying out this research?

Pam Fox, Trainee clinical psychologist, Canterbury Christ Church University.

What is the purpose of this research?

The purpose of this research is to explore the well being of parents of a loved one with an eating disorder and see if there are certain experiences you might have as a carer that may contribute to depressed mood. This will help develop a greater understanding of the needs of carers and help develop interventions focused on supporting carer well being.

Who can take part?

You can take part in this study if you are a parent of someone with an eating disorder. You also must be over 18 years of age and have a good understanding of written English.

This research is hoping to look at both contributors and protective factors to depressed mood, therefore, parents not experiencing depressed mood are equally as suitable to take part as parents that do consider themselves to be experiencing depressed mood.

What does the study involve?

Study leaflet – PDF

The study will involve completing six questionnaires. You can choose to complete these using an online platform. This will take approximately 30-35 minutes. The questionnaires will ask you about different aspects of your mood and thoughts about yourself. You will also be asked to provide some general information about yourself.

As a thank you, you will be given the opportunity to enter into a prize draw to win one of two £€50 Amazon vouchers.

How can you take part?

Before agreeing to take part in the study please follow the link below to be forwarded to an online information sheet, this link will also guide you to the study page if you wish to take part online.

Please let me know if you have questions or would like to discuss the study further. You can contact Pam via email:


This study has been given full approval by The Salomons Ethics Panel, Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Canterbury Christ Church University.