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Research Study – Mothers’ experiences of parenting an adolescent with anorexia nervosa

Róisín O’Dwyer is an MSc in Applied Psychology student completing a dissertation on eating disorders.

The aim of this research is to explore the individual experience of mothers taking care of a teenager with anorexia nervosa. If you agree to take part you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire, and then will be interviewed by the researcher about your experience. Interviews will take place in Trinity College Dublin or in your own home, whichever is preferred, and they will be audio-recorded, with your permission, in order to facilitate analysis at a later stage. The entire process should last for no longer than 1 hour. You are welcome to take a break at any stage during the interview.

All information you provide will be kept confidential and any information which could be used to identify you will not be included in write up of the study. However confidentiality may be broken, should you indicate in the interview that you or someone else is in danger. You are free to withdraw from the research at any time, without penalty.  If at a later date (up until May 2016) you change your mind about the inclusion of your contribution to the study, you are free to contact me at the email address provided below, and your data will be removed from the research. If your data is used, it will be stored for 10 years in accordance with Trinity’s Data Storage Policy. You have the right to access your data at any time under the Freedom of Information Act.

Researcher: Róisín O’Dwyer


This study has received ethical approval from the School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee, Trinity College Dublin