Online Communites supporting people suffering from eating disorders

I am a Masters student studying at Nottingham University. I am interested in online communities supporting people suffering from eating disorders and am asking people with a few minutes to spare to tell me about your experiences of using online forums and chat rooms.

Who can participate?

Anyone aged 18 or over who have been affected by eating disorders and who have accessed online communities for support or information. Families, friends and carers who make use of the online community are also encouraged to participate, as are those who have recovered.

What is the study about?

The purpose of the study is to explore the extent to which accessing online communities is helpful and in what ways. I will be exploring people's experiences with online communities and whether these experiences differ based on their participation within the community (i.e. those who rarely post, those who post often etc).

What does participating involve?

You will complete a short survey online which will take about 10 minutes. The survey is entirely anonymous and so you will not be asked to provide any personal details.

To participate please follow this link http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22AW8729F5M

If you have any questions about the study, please email me at [email protected]

Thank you


“Whenever I have contacted SWEDA, I have always received a very quick response, and have felt completely safe to ask for help when I have needed it. There have been periods of time when I have not needed a lot of contact, and times when I have asked for frequent contact. Talking to the same person over a long period of time has meant I have had a consistent place to go for support, and this has been invaluable."

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