Thinking about the self

Hello, my name is Graham and I’m running a research project as part of my training in Clinical Psychology and the University of Bath.

About the Study

The thoughts we have can impact upon how we feel about ourselves.  This study aims to investigate how and why these thoughts impact upon mood and our views of ourselves in the way that they do. By understanding this process more fully we hope that the findings will support the future development of strategies to manage such thoughts. This could be important for the treatment of various mental health conditions, including depression and eating disorders.

Who can take part?

Anyone who is 18 or over, and is currently experiencing an eating disorder may be suitable for the study.

What does taking part involve?

There are two stages. Stage 1 involves completing a questionnaire pack, which will ask about your current mood, health, and thinking patterns. This would be completed at home and we estimate this will take about 30 minutes. Stage 2 involves meeting with me to complete some word puzzles, look at some magazine advertisements and complete a short interview about your thinking patterns, which we will audio-record. This session will last about an hour, and can take place at the University of Bath, certain local hospitals/clinics, or the researcher can visit you at home, whichever is most convenient.

Will I be reimbursed for my time?

Yes – we are offering a £5 voucher to each participant as reimbursement for their time.

If you would like further information or have any questions, please get in touch using the contact information below.


Graham Thew, Clinical Psychologist in Training, University of Bath

[email protected]

Telephone 07544 200 557

“I saw a SWEDA support worker on campus at university. I had been struggling with binge eating disorder and compulsive exercise for about ten years. The SWEDA support worker was able to help me look at my relationship with food and my body in a different way. I have learned to be kinder to myself and they taught me techniques which helped me to slow down my thinking. Now I can go out and have fun without worrying all the time.”

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