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The effects of socioeconomic status on referring and engaging in eating disorder services and the psychological and systemic barriers to engaging

Name of author: Alistair Robb

Affiliation: University of Edinburgh: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme. Ethical approval will be emailed to the BEAT research email address and acknowledgement will be made to BEAT in any publications from this work.

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What is the purpose of the study?

This survey will focus on the perceived barriers to engaging with specialist eating disorder services. This will include both psychological barriers and practical barriers and seeks to recruit those who have accessed services and those who have not. We hope that this research will improve our understanding of the barriers to services and improve access. Previous research has shown that people with eating disorders often find accessing services to be extremely difficult despite the significant impact that eating disorders have on people’s lives and the lives of their friends and family. We would hope that a greater understanding of what can prevent people from accessing treatment would help to shape services to provide an earlier intervention.

Who can take part?

Anyone over the age of 18 and living within the UK who has experienced disordered eating. You do not need to have been diagnosed with an eating disorder nor do you need to have engaged in any NHS . Ideally the study is attempting to recruit people living in Scotland

What does the study involve?

If you agree to participate you will be directed to an anonymous online survey asking questions about perfectionism, depression, anxiety and stress, practicalities of accessing services, your motivation to change behaviours associated with eating disorders, and the likelihood that you would engage with a service. This will take approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete. You will also be asked to provide details about your age, gender and postcode (for Scotland Residents only).

How can someone take part?

By following the weblink or scanning the attached QR code.