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Participants Sought for Research Study – Aged 16-25 with Eating Difficulties

ARE YOU AN ADOLESCENT, AGED 16-25 YEARS OF AGE WHO HAS EATING DIFFICULTIES?

IF SO, PLEASE CONSIDER TAKING PART IN THE RESEARCH STUDY

What is the purpose of this study?

  • Research shows that individuals who develop eating difficulties experience high levels of shame and self-criticism. This study seeks to assess whether a two-week online compassionate imagery intervention might be a useful way of helping people with eating difficulties.
  • We are interested in the feasibility of this study design. Feasibility means things like how many people sign up for the intervention, how many complete it, and what people think of it. This
    intervention could inform future research and intervention design.

You can take part in this study if:

  • You are between the ages of 16-25.
  • You self-identify as having eating difficulties. Eating difficulties may include but not be restricted to behaviours such as purging, binge-eating, restriction of food intake, compulsive exercise and other compensatory strategies. You may also experience a strong fear of weight gain, a need to be in control of food intake, feeling out of control of eating, and needing to eat in
    secret.

    • In this study the term ‘eating difficulty’ is used rather than ‘eating disorder’ Because eating difficulties is broader than the definition of an eating disorder. Eating difficulty includes any eating problem or difficult relationship with food or your body.
    • Often eating difficulties can lead to an eating disorder but may not have reached the full intensity of an eating disorder. In this study, you can take part regardless of whether you have been diagnosed with an eating disorder.
  • You have access to internet and a means to complete the online intervention.
  • You can understand and speak English.

Exclusion criteria:
Please do not consider taking part in this study if you are already engaged in psychological therapy treatment for your eating difficulties. Please do not consider taking part in this study if
you are taking part in a compassion- focused treatment at the present moment.

What does this study involve? See information sheet in link below for full study flow

  • Pre-intervention questionnaires (link below)
  • A 2-week compassionate imagery intervention that has a new exercise daily using ProReal Post-intervention questionnaires and feedback.

How do I take part?

Contact details:
The researcher for this study is Talia Drew, a Clinical Psychologist who works within the Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders (MCCAED). Should you have any questions about the study, please email Talia on Talia.Drew@slam.nhs.uk

Thank you for considering taking part in this research.

This study has been reviewed by the Ethics Committee at Kings College London. The ethics reference is: HR-22/23-35481[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

1 Comment

  1. Stacy Anderson

    Hello,
    I am looking for clinical studies for my 14yr old daughter recently diagnosed with ARFID to participate in. Do you have anything for that age range?

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