Participants invited for an experiment on reading and eating disorders

Staple of pankakes topped with berries arranged on a plate standing in front of a row of books.

Would you like to be involved in a study designed to assess the effects of reading an unpublished book manuscript about recovery from anorexia, to help shape decisions about its publication? 

 

The experiment involves reading a book over a 2-week period and completing 2 questionnaires 1 week before and 2 weeks after reading, as well as several open-ended questions before, after, and at intervals during the reading. If you are assigned to the experimental group, you will read a book about recovery from anorexia called The Hungry Anorexic. If you are assigned to the control group, you will read a book unrelated to eating disorders but dealing with questions about life and identity in another context. You are asked not to read any other books about eating disorders during the roughly 5 weeks during which you take part in the study. If you complete the study, you can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win one of 4 £100 prizes. 

 

To take part, you must:

  • Be 18 years or over.
  • Be / identify as female.
  • Currently have a restrictive eating disorder or be recovering from it.
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 15 or over.
  • Be fluent in English.
  • Be willing to avoid reading other books about eating disorders during the 5 weeks of the study.

 

To find out more and sign up for the study, the information sheet and consent form are available here: https://oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/eating-disorder-narrative-study

 

Or read this blog post for more background on the design and aims of the study: https://hungerartist.org/2021/06/11/recovery-memoir-experiment-call-for-participants/ 

 

Dr Emily T. Troscianko Research Associate, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) | Baillie Gifford Writing Partnerships Programme Coordinator, Humanities Division, University of Oxford

 

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