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UK Study: Romantic Relationships in Black Women with Experience of Anorexia

Are you or do you know a Black (African/African Caribbean*) woman with experience of anorexia willing to talk about her experience of romantic relationships?

A doctoral research study is being conducted that seeks to explore how British Black women who have suffered with anorexia, experience romantic relationships. 

Past research has focused on the physical symptoms of anorexia at the expense of understanding the lived emotional experiences of those affected by it, especially those of Black women. This doctoral research hopes to help psychologists better understand the emotional, familial, cultural, social as well as physical challenges sufferers face, and thus provide more attuned support.

Participation involves a one-to-one semi-structured interview lasting approximately 60-90 minutes at participants’ location of choice. The researcher is based in London but is happy to travel to meet prospective participants all over the UK. All information collected will be made anonymous and kept confidential. 

To show appreciation for participants’ time, they will be offered a £15 Amazon Voucher and all travel expenses to the interview location will be reimbursed. 

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Psychology Research Ethics Committee at City, University of London. 

For more information or to participate in this study, please contact Lauren Duncan at

*NB. This study includes women who are of dual heritage and participants do not have to have had a formal diagnosis of anorexia.

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