Princeton/Fordham study of effects on families

I spoke on the phone yesterday with Dr. Parisi at Princeton who is looking for parents to interview for a study on the effects of an ED diagnosis on our families. This is a great way for F.E.A.S.T. families to offer the treatment community a view into the perspective of the caregiver. I hope you will consider participating:

Are you the parent of a child who has received inpatient treatment for Anorexia Nervosa?

If so, we’d like to talk to you about your experience. As research psychologists, we are interested in how a child’s eating disorder diagnosis affects the parents and family – including coping reactions, relationships, and marital satisfaction. Few medical or psychological resources are available to support parents who may face their own challenges with respect to the diagnosis of and treatment for their child’s Anorexia. We hope our research findings will contribute to enhanced understanding of how a child’s illness affects parents and family.

If your child, age 11-17, has received or is currently receiving inpatient treatment for Anorexia Nervosa, we invite you to participate in this important study. Participation will include:
*A confidential and supportive phone interview, scheduled at your convenience, with a trained psychology doctoral student
*Access to our findings, at the end of our study
*Helping other parents in the same situation, by sharing your story with us

Please contact Dr. Merle Keitel at or (212) 636-6468 for information.

NOTE: This research study has received IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval from Fordham University and Princeton HealthCare System and researchers will adhere to the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics. Primary investigators for this study are Merle A. Keitel, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling Psychology, Fordham University, and Melinda Parisi, Ph.D., Program Director, Eating Disorders Program, University Medical Center at Princeton.


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