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How eating disorder affects the family

Posted Jul 02 2010 10:47am
Mindy from Princeton asked me to post this - I know many families in the ATDT/FEAST community have already participated and was very pleased to discuss some of the results with Mindy as she presented her poster in Salzburg. Please take a look and consider adding your experience to this research. It is important that parents tell researchers what they've experienced, what works, and what does not work in helping us help our kids!


Are you the parent of a child who is currently receiving

outpatient treatment for Anorexia Nervosa?

If so, we’d like to talk to invite you to participate in an anonymous study that examines the experience of caring for a child with Anorexia Nervosa. As research psychologists, we are interested in how a child’s eating disorder affects the parents and family – including coping reactions and significant relationships. Few medical or psychological resources are available to support parents who may face their own challenges with respect to the diagnosis of and treatment for their child’s Anorexia. We hope our research findings will contribute to enhanced understanding of how a child’s illness affects the families so that more support services for parents can be developed and provided.

If your child is between the ages of 9-22, is receiving outpatient treatment for Anorexia Nervosa, and is currently living with you at home, we invite you to participate in this important study. Participation will involve:

  • Completing a series of questionnaires online that will take approximately 15-30 minutes.
  • Your name and any identifying information will not be linked to your responses.
  • Publications or presentations emanating from the research will not include individual responses, only group data will be presented.

Please click the following the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VN5VTDF and enter the password: participate (in all lowercase letters)

You will be directed to an informed consent letter followed by a series of brief questionnaires for you to complete.

If you would like further information please contact Lauren F. Stack at lfstack@gmail.com or Dr. Merle Keitel at mkeitel@fordham.edu for information.

NOTE: This research study has received IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval from Fordham University and researchers will adhere to the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics. Primary investigators for this study are Merle A. Keitel, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling Psychology, Fordham University, and Lauren F. Stack, M.S., Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology, Fordham University.

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