Research Study for Moms of Anorexic Boys

Posted by request:
Are you the Mother of a Son who has received inpatient treatment for Anorexia Nervosa?   
If so, please consider participating in this important study, which seeks to explore and document the psychological and social caregiving experiences of these mothers.  
To date, there have not been any published research studies that have focused exclusively on parents of sons with anorexia.  Parents of a child with a chronic illness, and in particular eating disorders, have reported that mental health and medical treatment professionals often neglect their needs.  This study aims to shed light on what, if any, specific needs parents of sons with anorexia may have.  The ultimate goal is for treatment professionals to be able to better support parent caregivers, so that both parents and health professionals may better support and treat a sick child.   
  • Participation involves a 60-90 minute telephone interview with the primary researcher, a doctoral candidate in psychology. 
  • Participation is entirely confidential!
This study is being conducted by Jessica L. Whitney, M.Ed., M.A., a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University, under the supervision of Merle A. Keitel, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling Psychology at Fordham University.  Approval for this study has been obtained from the Fordham University Institutional Review Board.


  1. Interestingly, I don't think any of the many, many boys with eating disorders I have seen have required a higher level of care; all have been quite success in their recovery with a supportive environment at home and an outpatient team.


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