Research Study into the Experiences of People who have had Eating Difficulties after Witnessing a Sibling with Anorexia

What I Do

I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Exeter in the UK. As a part of my doctorate I am completing research into the experiences of people who have had difficulties with their eating after experiencing a sibling become unwell with anorexia. This website will give updates about the research once it is completed. All participant information will be kept confidential

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The Research Study

Looking for Participants!

This research plans to understand the experiences of people who experience eating difficulties after having a sibling become unwell with anorexia. It aims to understand these experiences better and think about how services can offer better support to siblings of people with anorexia.
Currently I am looking to recruit participants. If you:

Are over 16

Have lived with a brother or sister with anorexia (with or without diagnosis)

And have then gone on to restrict your diet for at least 3 months with a wish to change your body


Are now recovered or in recovery from eating difficulties

Please get in touch either on this website or through email:

Participation with involve a short telephone call followed by a one off interview over zoom (with or without camera) with me, to explore your experiences. This interview will last for around 45 minutes.
Participant data will be kept confidential at all times. The research will be written up and submitted as a thesis but no information will be published that identifies any participants. The outcomes of the study and any updates will be posted on this page.
All participants will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher.
This research has received ethical approval from the psychology department at the University of Exeter. 
This work is supervised by Dr Janet Smithson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter. Contact details are available on request.

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