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Are you a parent caring for a young person (12-17 years old) with Anorexia Nervosa?

Are you caring for a child with anorexia nervosa? We are interested to hear about your experiences!

Carer stress is common amongst parents caring for a child with anorexia nervosa and can often impact on the carer’s mental health. Carers have previously described how the experience of caring for their child was traumatic and left them with feelings of guilt and self-blame. We hope to explore the psychological impact of self-blame thoughts, and how this may impact on the carers’ wellbeing in order to provide more support in the future.

Who can take part?

(a) biological parents of a young person, aged 12-17 years, with a current or previous (weight restored for maximum 18 months) diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa.

(b) those that have substantial caring responsibilities for the young person with an Anorexia Nervosa (i.e. supporting them with the illness).

(c) a minimum time from the AN diagnosis of 1 month.

(d) living in the UK

What does the study involve?

Completing an anonymous online questionnaire about your experience in caring for a child with anorexia nervosa. This should take around 15 minutes.

How can someone take part?

If you have any questions or would like to take part, please contact the lead researcher, Madeleine Irish (Trainee Clinical Psychologist) at, visit: or scan the QR code below.

Title: Investigating self-blame and trauma symptomology in caregivers of young people with Anorexia Nervosa.

PI: Joanna Adams. REC Reference number: R80532/RE001

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