A clinical psychologist at the
Study participants will use the app to report on feelings and social interactions about six to 10 times per day for two weeks. The data collected will assist researchers and treatment specialists to better understand the daily experiences of individuals who struggle with extreme body image preoccupation and dieting behaviours, such as those with anorexia nervosa.
"We know very little about the emotions and social experiences that over the course of a day and week, lead individuals to severely restrict their eating, exercise excessively, fast, force vomiting, and so on," said Professor Kelly, primary investigator on the project. "Gathering this kind of data as individuals are going about their day may lead to interventions that will be more effective at helping those who are struggling."
Professor Kelly's app prompts participants throughout the day to fill out a short survey. They can also access additional surveys through the app when they have engaged in certain behaviours, such as skipping meals or exercising, or at the end of the day before they go to bed.
"Self-monitoring tends to help make people aware of patterns they did not know existed, and often leads them to make behaviour changes too," said Professor Kelly, who is also the director of
According to the
This study is funded by the
Potential study participants can visit the lab website (http://uwaterloo.ca/self-attitudes-lab/participate-research) for information and contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-888-4567, ext. 33983.
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