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Research: Post-traumatic stress Disorder and Eating Disorders

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following inpatient admission for eating disorders (ED).

Researcher: Melissa Snaith, Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology.


Purpose of the study

This study will investigate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women (18+) who have experienced inpatient treatment for an ED. The study will see whether people found some or all of their inpatient treatment to be traumatic. It will look at how people think about any trauma, their memories of it and the things they do to manage any symptoms.  The purpose is to identify which psychological factors predict the severity of PTSD symptoms, in those who have had an inpatient admission for an ED. The study is being carried out as part of my doctoral dissertation.

What does the study involve?

This study is an anonymous online survey, for participants living in Ireland, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, so you can do everything via the internet. You will first be asked to give your consent to take part in the study. If you give consent you will then be asked to complete some screening information.  If you are not eligible to take part the website will let you know. If you are eligible to take part you will first be asked to enter some basic details about yourself (your age, gender, etc.). Then you will be presented with some online questionnaires. The questionnaires will ask about your eating disorder, your inpatient experience and how you think about and react to memories of your inpatient experience.  The questionnaires should take about 45 minutes to complete.  You can save the questionnaires if you want to take a break before completing them and then come back and finish them at another time. You can leave the survey at any time by simply closing your browser.

At the end you will see a page with sources of support in your country. You will then be invited to submit the survey. If you agree to participate in this project, the research will be written up as a thesis to partially fulfil the requirements of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford. Any personal data collected will be anonymised before submission of the thesis. Following submission of the thesis, it will be available in print in the University archives, to facilitate its use in future research. The thesis will be submitted for publication in a psychological journal.

Link to the research survey

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This study has been given full Ethical Approval by the University of Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC) – Medical Science Division.