Promoting Positive Body Image : Online Survey

1. Your name, academic institution and contact details

Dr Simon Wilksch
Research Fellow
School of Psychology, Flinders University
PO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA, 5001.
Mon & Tues
P: 08 8201 7996; F: 08 8201 3877

2. The name of your project and a brief synopsis

Name: Eating disorder prevention in young-adult women at risk: An Australia- and New Zealand-wide randomised controlled trial (RCT) of online programs

Synopsis: Body image concerns are a serious problem that affects a high proportion of young women. The PPbiO ( is an Australian and New Zealand online trial of 3 programs that can be accessed on computers, tablets and smartphone devices. We are looking for women volunteers aged 18-25 years who would like to improve their body image. Participating involves, completing a brief online survey to determine your suitability for the trial (taking about 25 minutes), being randomly allocated (as in a lucky dip) to one of the 3 programs and then completing the survey on 3 extra occasions: after your program finishes, 6-months later, and 12-months later. Two of the programs will run over 9 weeks while the third program provides tips on improving body image.

Participation will be anonymous (you will not be asked to provide your name) and all information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence. This study will provide important information on which of the programs are helpful and should be shared with more young Australian women.

As an appreciation for your time, a $50 iTunes voucher will be emailed to participants who complete all 4 questionnaires over the 12-month study.

To view flyers for the trial, please click HERE and HERE.

3. Recruitment details

Women aged 18 to 25 years-old who live in Australia or New Zealand and have body image concerns.  The programs are designed to help people with early signs of eating concerns (e.g., dieting, guilt after eating) or body image concerns (e.g., thinking a lot about body weight/shape) to prevent a clinical eating disorder from developing.

4. Human Research Ethics Approval Number

Project number 5910 approved by the Flinders University Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee

5. Opening and closing date for recruitment

Opening Date: 03.11.14.  Closing date: 31.03.15