Research participation requests

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Would you be in a position to share your experience to improve knowledge and understanding of eating disorders in men? If you are a male with an experience of eating disorders and would like to tell your story to help support other men in similar situations please get in touch.

We are equally keen to hear from carers, parents, siblings and partners of men with an experience of eating disorders.

Research participation requests

Emotions and social interactions in relation to the contribution of eating disorders

Our  names are Rebecca Stanbury and Ashley Boscoe, and we are inviting you to take in part in our research. We are both students at the University College of London (UCL), completing a Master’s degree in Child Development.

Previous  research tells us that difficulties with emotions and social interactions may contribute to the development and maintenance of eating disorders. Research in this area has focused on females, so we would like be inclusive of males in our research. The study  aim is to find out more about if and how emotions and social pressures influence eating behaviours, and whether this is different according to gender.

We are seeking males (and females) between the ages of 16 and 25.

•We would firstly ask you to complete some computerised questionnaires about emotions and social situations. Next, we would also ask you to look at pictures of eyes on a computer screen, and ask you to identify the possible emotion the person may be experiencing.

•Some  of the questions will ask you about your personal eating behaviours, as well as emotional wellbeing over the past week. Please note: this study does include questions about your current weight. They are not compulsory – so if you would prefer not to answer  them you can still complete the survey.
•All  your responses will be kept anonymous. If you feel uncomfortable at any time during the study, you have the right to withdraw at any time. The

If you  would like to participate in the study, please click the link.

Please  contact Ashley;  or Rebecca; if you have  questions at any stage. Alternatively  you can contact our research supervisor Dr. Amy Harrison

Anorexia Nervosa and the Process of ‘Recovery’: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Male Experience.

Currently, a mass of research has explored the female experience of anorexia, but considerably less has been conducted in relation to the male experience. This research is intended to address such a gender bias, but also, contribute to the well-established debate pertaining to the nature of ‘recovery’ from eating disorders (EDs) more generally – essentially, is full recovery possible? Furthermore, the fact that outcome studies are primarily quantitative renders a significant gap in our knowledge in regards to how individuals perceive and operationalise their personal experiences of treatment and recovery.

Thus, this research is intended to provide insight into the ways in which ‘recovering’ or ‘recovered’ males understand and ascribe meaning to their anorexia, treatment and recovery. It is hoped this will inform the understandings of those working in this field in terms of how they may develop and tailor treatment approaches for anorexic males and thus facilitate an improvement in current treatment services.

Participation will be in the form of a semi-structured email interview. Prior to your participation, you will be provided with information regarding the study, including the proposed interview questions, with the opportunity to discuss anything you may not feel comfortable answering. I can then amend questions accordingly. The interview can commence once you have electronically completed and emailed back to me a consent form.

The research is open to any males, at least 18 years of age, and either recovering or recovered from anorexia.

If you are interested in being involved or would like to enquire about the research more generally, please contact myself or

Pro-ana movement/communities formed in online chat rooms questionnaire

I am a student studying Sociology at Durham University. For my dissertation I am looking into the pro-ana movement/communities formed in chat rooms and the internet and how these relate to existing Health Social Movements. I am wanting to gain perspectives from all points of view. The questionnaire is very short and of course confidential and anonymous. The questions are based around the use of pro-ana chat rooms and the communities formed in them.

If you are interested in getting involved please email me at: and I will send you further information to give you a greater understanding of what the research entails.

Busting myths on media portrayals and public perceptions on eating disorders 

I am a third year Multimedia Journalism student at Southampton Solent University, and I am currently working on my Final Major Project which will explore media portrayals and public perceptions of eating disorders.

I was wondering if it would be possible to arrange an interview with yourself, or another member of the team, regarding public perceptions of eating disorders? The interview would be focusing mainly on ‘myth busting’ and discussing the taboo which still surrounds EDs, and the attitude towards men with eating disorders.

Improving eating disorder treatment services by providing information on treatment

Do you or does someone you know have experience of anorexia and self harm?

A small research team at the University of Chester are working together on a project that aims to improve eating disorder treatment services by giving them the information that informs how best to tailor treatment to help people in all stages of recovery.

This is a largely misunderstood and under researched area so any help is very valuable.

The questionnaire itself should only take 20-25 minutes to complete, and is all completely confidential and anonymous. To take part go:


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