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Are you a female who identifies as living with disordered eating or a mother with a daughter who identifies as living with disordered eating?

Schema therapy is emerging as a promising therapy for EDs that goes into depth about the underlying causes of a person’s psychological issues. One part of schema therapy is working with the person’s Early Maladaptive Schemas (EMS). EMS are self-defeating emotional and thought patterns that influence the individual’s responses to people and events in their environment. Schema theory suggests that EMS are present for all individuals and that they develop as a response to their interpretations of their environment and those they interact with.  As EMS develop in the early family environment, an important question is how parents’ EMS relate to children’s EMS. This study aims to investigate the EMS of daughters with disordered eating and those of their mothers and the daughter’s perceptions of the mothers parenting. Investigating the dynamics of important relationships in a female living with disordered eating can only help to guide therapists to not only assess the most beneficial routes to recovery for the individual with ED but to guide and support those closest to them for optimum outcomes.

Who can take part?

  • Females over 18 years of age

WHO ARE part of a Daughter/Mother Dyad as follows:

  • A female who identifies as living with disordered eating
  • The Mother of the female who identifies as living with disordered eating
  • Please note that this study is comparing dyad data and therefore we require both members of the dyad to complete the questionnaires (Please be assured that the other member of your dyad (your mother or your daughter) will NOT be able to see what answers you have provided. Each submission is completely confidential)

Definition: A dyad is defined as a pair: two individuals (such as mother and daughter) maintaining a sociologically significant relationship

What does the study involve?

Completing an anonymous online survey which consists of 3 questionnaires about: your attitudes and behaviours towards food, Early Maladaptive Schemas and perceptions of parenting.

This should take no longer than 30 minutes.

***Please ensure before completing the questionnaire that both members of the dyad are willing to participate and that the code is entered exactly by both members so we can match your data. Any data that cannot be matched cannot be included in the analysis***

How can someone take part?

If you have any questions or would like to take part, please contact the lead researcher, Clare Marney (PhD Researcher) at, visit:

Title: Investigating the early maladaptive schemas of females with eating disorders and their mothers


  1. Mary

    I am concerned about a family member whom I feel may have an eating disorder. I would like to be on your email information distribution list if posible. This email was forwarded to me.Thank you very much!

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