Would you like to further the understanding into eating disorders?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Clinical Psychology Department at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia are seeking people to take part in their online study investigating the field of eating disorders. The study has received full ethical approval. Below is a brief summary of the research. 

Title - Ecological momentary assessment of schema mode fluctuations and their relation to eating disorder behaviours

Eating Disorder (ED) is a serous condition that affects patients both physically and psychologically. Alarmingly, it is very common to suffer from ED and the increasing trend did not slow down. Therefore, an emerging number of research has been undertaken to understand the psychology aspect of ED called the Eating Disorder Behaviours (EDBs). Many studies have examined the frequency of EDBs using retrospective self-reports method (e.g., self-monitoring diaries) for data collection. However, the interpretation of the data is often limited due to memory limitations, thinking errors and non-compliance with self-monitoring procedures (e.g., forgot to write in the diary). In addition, the frequency of EDBs tends to fluctuate in the natural environment in response to stress and negative emotions. Hence, eating disorder related behaviour shifts within the same day and and the next. Therefore, the use of standard assessment tools is difficult. 

The aim of this study is to use an "in the moment" real-time reporting system to capture Schema Modes (a combination of individual’s schematic beliefs and coping behaviours that are either adaptive or maladaptive and present at any particular moment) and how these might affect a person’s eating behaviours. 

To achieve this, we want to recruit 50 individuals, who have been diagnosed with EDs or concern that they may have EDs who are interested take part in this project. You are invited to participate in this research provided:

  • You are over the age of 18 years,
  • You have concerns about your eating behaviours,
  • Those behaviours have been occurring for the last 3 months,
  • You own an iPhone (Apple Inc.) running the operating system version iOS7 or more recent or a phone running the Android operating system version 4.1 or better.

To access the study along with further information in the study please click here

Research Section?: 

Eating Disorder Association NI
28 Bedford Street,
Belfast, BT2 7FE
Phone: 028 9023 5959
Email: info@eatingdisordersni.co.uk