Eating Disorders and Real-Life Reading

1. Your name, academic institution and contact details Emily T. Troscianko, University of Oxford, E:, W:

2. The name of your project and a brief synopsis This study, run by a researcher at the University of Oxford in partnership with the eating-disorders charity Beat, is investigating the connections between disordered eating and the reading of fiction. The possible negative effects of things like fashion advertising and music videos have been relatively well researched, but there is little research on how the stories and novels we read in our spare time affects how we think about ourselves and our bodies. The study is being conducted by Dr Emily T. Troscianko, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. Participation is confidential.

3. Recruitment details To take part in the survey, you must be aged 18 or over. You may currently have an eating disorder, be in recovery or remission from an eating disorder, or never have had an eating disorder. If you do currently suffer from an eating disorder, or ever have in the past, you will be asked to confirm that you are medically and psychologically stable enough to answer questions about your eating disorder and your reading habits without likely distress. If you are currently in treatment for an eating disorder, you will be asked to check with your counsellor or therapist, prior to participation, whether they think it advisable for you to take part. To access the Australian version of the survey, please click on the link below:

4. Human Research Ethics Approval Number The study has been approved by the University of Oxford’s Central University Research Ethics Committee [CUREC ethics reference: MSd-IDREC-C1-2014-219]

5. Opening and closing date for recruitment There is no fixed closing date for recruitment; this depends on the survey response rate.