kristina (belljar76) wrote in our_newbegining,

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looking for participants asap!

hi everyone,

i've belonged to this community for a while but haven't really been an active poster. i have suffered from anorexia for the past fifteen years of my life, and i'm currently in recovery (a LONG and arduous process!).

i am currently earning my masters in mental health counseling and hope to focus my work in the field of eating disorders. i am writing my masters thesis right now and part of that entails me to conduct some research. i already have 22 people from other ed-related lj communities willing to participate (i will be sending out an anonymous questionnaire sometime this month). also, if you know of a friend who might be interested, please show them this post or have them e-mail me ( i'd also be interested in learning of other lj communities that might be interested.

thank you for your support with this.

-kristina :)


My name is Kristina and I am in my first year of a masters program at Cambridge College (Lawrence, MA). I will be earning my M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling and hope to work within the field of eating disorders.

Having dealt with an eating disorder myself for the past 15 years, I have had many experiences that have helped shape my view of the current treatment modalities in use for these disorders.

My project (a thesis, really) concerns the mind/body split that occurs in people with eating disorders, and the ramifications of that split: a lost sense of identity for the individual. I will also be examining the influential role that treatment providers have with regard to this lost sense of identity and some of the dangers that can ensue from the client (patient)/therapist (treatment provider) relationship.

I am looking for volunteers to participate in an anonymous questionnaire for my project. Your name and all info about you will remain anonymous- I will be utilizing the data I collect from the questionnaires to draw conclusions about the anorexic/bulimic experience. I do ask that you supply your e-mail so that I may send you a copy of the questionnaire and so that you can send me the answers and any other correspondence should either of us request it from one another.

The questionnaire will be distributed sometime in February, via e-mail.

If you are interested in assisting me with my project, I ask that you please send me the answers to the following preliminary questions (as well as the e-mail address you would like me to send the questionnaire to). My e-mail address is:

1) Your age

2) Type of eating disorder

3) Duration of the eating disorder

4) Amount of time spent in a residential treatment program (if you don’t mind giving me the name of the program, that would help out a lot!)

5) Amount of time spent in outpatient treatment/therapy (please be specific about which you are talking about)

Thank you in advance for your assistance, and I look forward to your important contribution to my project!

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