Social Group Memberships Throughout Recovery from Disordered Eating

Posted 10/09/2018


This online longitudinal study aims to investigate the role that social groups have for people wanting to recover from disordered eating, with a focus on the identification with groups and the support and contact from groups.

What is the purpose of this research?

Researchers have suggested that social groups (e.g. family & friends) can be important for people recovering from disordered eating/ an eating disorder, but this has not been sufficiently researched. This study will explore the relationship over time between social group memberships and recovery from disordered eating/ eating disorders. This research will help us learn more about the social worlds of people recovering from disordered eating and eating disorders, as well as how they impact overall well-being throughout the recovery process.

Who can take part?

This study is for people over the age of 18 who have concerns about their eating behaviours and thoughts on any level (from disordered eating or an eating disorder) but want to recover/are recovering from these. You do not have to have sought any treatment and do not need a diagnosis of an eating disorder to take part. 

What does the study involve?

This study involves competing an online questionnaire, it can be completed on a laptop, PC, tablet computer and smartphone. The questionnaire covers the following topics:

  • Questions on three social groups (family, friends & a group you go to for support with your disordered eating)
  • Recovery from disordered eating/eating disorder
  • Your satisfaction with life
  • General well-being
  • ED symptomology
  • Some demographic questions

Please complete the questionnaire and then leave your email address to take part in the follow up survey in six months-time.

As a thank you for your time for taking part you will have the chance to be entered into the prize draw to win an Amazon voucher (1x £50, 2x £25).

If you do take part in this study you do not have to answer any questions you do not want to. You can also leave the study at any time by closing the page down.

How can you take part?

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please click this link below and it will take you to the information sheet for some more information and it will take you through to the questionnaire.

Questionnaire Link:


If you would like any more information please contact myself, Jade Streete (Email: or my supervisor Dr Niamh McNamara (Email: If you do contact myself or my supervisor for extra information you are not required to take part in the study. All participation is voluntary, and you are free to withdraw at any point and you do not need to provide a reason.

Name of Author: Miss Jade Streete
Affiliation: Nottingham Trent University
Email Address:

Nottingham Trent University