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Research Study – Understanding the stigma of eating disorders

Stephanie McAlinden, a PhD student in Queen’s University Belfast, is conducting a research project looking at the type of stigma and discrimination that people with eating disorders face as a result of their illness.

This study will involve a one-on-one interview that will last roughly forty minutes to an hour. Interviews can be done in person if you live in the Dublin, Wicklow or Belfast area – alternatively, they can be done over Skype. There will be no questions about the personal nature of your illness, rather, it asks about the stigmatising attitudes and discriminatory attitudes you have encountered, and about how you think attitudes could be improved.

The overall aim of the study is inform the design of a stigma-reducing intervention for young adolescents that is tailored specifically towards eating disorders.

If you are over the age of 18, have had a formal diagnosis of anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, have been in recovery for at least two years and would like to participate, please email Stephanie on

This study has been granted ethical approval by School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee, on behalf of Queen’s University Belfast