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Research Study: Supporting Eating Disorder Recovery in Young People

Research Study **NOW CLOSED – October 2017**
Researchers from Nottingham Trent University are currently working on a project titled “Supporting eating disorder recovery in young people”. The study is exploring the places and groups, (both online and ‘offline’) that young people turn to for help with any eating habits that they are worried about.

This research is supported by Bodywhys

Participation: Online Survey and/or Email Interview
In order to participate:

  • You can complete a research survey or an email interview or both, depending on your preference.
  • The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete online.
  • Questions will focus on your thoughts and feelings around different sources of help (such as family, friends, and online groups) as well as some questions about your health and well-being.
  • The email interview will be sent to you to complete in your own time, over the course of a few days.
  • Writing the responses should take a total time of approximately one hour.
  • The email interview will explore the experiences of young people who seek out support for their eating disorder online (e.g. on blogs, online support groups, discussion forums, Facebook groups, etc.).
  • The researchers are interested in the ways that these groups help young people cope with what can be difficult times.


  • Click here to take part in the survey
  • Taking part in the study is completely voluntary.
  • There are no right or wrong answers and you do not have to answer any question that you do not feel comfortable with.
  • All the information collected will be anonymous and no one will know who you are.
  • If you would like to take part in an email interview, please email the study’s research assistant, Elizabeth Mair, on

Research Ethics and Confidentiality

This study has received ethical approval from the Ethics Committee of Nottingham Trent University, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, and abides to the ethical practice of The British Psychological Society.

Please feel free to contact Elizabeth Mair via the details below if you would like further information about what is involved in participating in this research.

No personally identifying information will be made public from the study.

Thank you.
Yours sincerely,

Research Assistant: Elizabeth Mair

Principal Investigator: Dr Niamh McNamara
+44 (0)115 848 4346