For my Counselling Psychology doctorate at City University, I am conducting qualitative research exploring how British Black women (of African/African Caribbean descent) who have suffered with anorexia, experience romantic relationships.

Past quantitative research has focused on the physical manifestations of anorexia at the expense of understanding the lived emotional experiences of those affected by it, especially those of Black women. I hope to help psychologists better understand the emotional, familial, cultural, social as well as physical challenges sufferers face, and thus provide more attuned support.

Participation involves a one-to-one semi-structured interview lasting approximately 60-90 minutes at participants’ location of choice. I am based in London but am happy to travel to meet prospective participants all over the UK. Participants can also have their interviews online if they would prefer. All information collected will be made anonymous and kept confidential.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Cisgender female of any sexual orientation.
  • Between 20-45 years.
  • Racial heritage that is at least 50% Black African or Black Caribbean.
  • Living in UK.
  • Experience of anorexia. This does not have to have been formally diagnosed.
  • Experience of being in at least one romantic relationship (past or present), within the last five years and minimum duration of two months.

If you do not meet all the above eligibility criteria but would be interested in participating in this research, please do feel free to get in touch as the eligibility criteria may become wider/more flexible in the future.

To show appreciation for participants’ time, they will be offered a £15 Amazon Voucher and all travel expenses to the interview location will be reimbursed.

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Psychology Research Ethics Committee at City, University of London.

For more information or to participate in this study, please contact Lauren Duncan at lauren.duncan@city.ac.uk.

The research is supervised by Daphne Josselin at City University (Daphne.Josselin.2@city.ac.uk).

Thanks very much in advance

Lauren.