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More than just figures – A Phenomenological Study of Anorexic
Males in a World of Female Oriented Treatment Methods
What is the purpose of the study?
As almost 90% of individuals diagnosed with eating disorders are women and girls, most of the research in the area has been made for, and focused around, female sufferers. In light of the increasing number of men and boys being diagnosed, more awareness around how they might differ from females is needed. In order to learn more it is vital to know something about the experiences males have had of the treatments currently offered.
If you decide to take part in this study you will be interviewed twice with approximately three weeks between interviews. The interview will be semi-structured and take place in person in a private setting. The content of the interview will be kept strictly confidential. At the time of publishing all data will have been anonymised so that you will not be identifiable by anybody but possibly yourself.
I hope that participating in the study will feel like a chance to share your personal and subjective experience.
You are over 18 and male. You have had the diagnosis Anorexia Nervosa for a minimum of two years. You have support in the form of ongoing counselling or as a member of a support group for people with eating disorders and have had treatment for your condition and could therefore offer some insight into your personal experience. I am looking for participants willing to share their stories. What you can offer in personal experiences will be important and valuable information for a seriously under-researched area.
The information I acquire from this study may help healthcare professionals better understand men with anorexia nervosa and the impact available treatments may have on them. Hopefully it will offer a unique insight which could ultimately lead to improved treatment methods for future sufferers.
This study has ethical approval.