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A feasibility study considering a compassionate imagery intervention for adolescents aged 16- 25 with disordered eating.

Name of Author: Talia Drew

Affiliation: Kings College London, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Email address:

Who can take part?

The inclusion criteria are adolescents between 16-25 years of age, who self-identify as having disordered eating, and who demonstrate a willingness to engage in a two-week online compassionate imagery intervention. There is clear information about who can take part outlined in the information sheet:

Why have I been invited to take part?

You are invited to participate in this study because:
- You are an adolescent, aged between 16 - 25 years of age,
- who self-identifies as having disordered eating. Within this study, a formal diagnosis of an eating disorder is not required. This is why the term disordered eating has been used.

- In order to take part, it is a requirement that you have access to a device to view the online intervention, on a daily basis, for a period of two weeks.
- The intervention is delivered in English and therefore a good understanding of English is also a requirement.

What is the purpose of the research?

We are specifically interested in the feasibility of this study design, with this population and this group of difficulties.

What does the study involve?

The intervention will be delivered online using a range of different delivery methods, including animated psychoeducational videos which will explain the basic concepts of compassion and its relationship to eating difficulties, guided breathing and compassionate imagery exercises, and guided exercises using Avatars to support the development of compassionate imagery. Compassionate imagery is thought to help increase positive thoughts and feelings towards the self, and to reduce negative and self-critical images, thoughts and feelings.
It is 2 weeks and involves a time commitment of around 30 minutes per day, everyday. There will be an exercise to complete online each day. There will be pre-and post intervention measures before and after the intervention.

How can someone take part?

By following this link: