Examining the relationship between body image, Family Enmeshment and Cultural Value Orientation.
What is this study about? This research aims to explore the impact that family enmeshment and cultural value orientations (which culture we feel that we belong to) have upon the development of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and other body image concerns. The study aims to do this by using a number of self-report questionnaire measures administered online.
The research has been approved by the University of Essex ethical committee and is being conducted online with guidelines stipulated by the British Psychological Society.
Who is doing this research? My name is Michalla Gillbanks and I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Essex.
Who can participate? Anybody can particpate aslong as they are aged between 18-65 years.
How can you participate? To participate, you need to read this information sheet and tick the boxes on the consent form provided. You will then be guided to the on-line questionnaire. Please complete the questions on the screen over the next few pages.
Will it be confidential? No personal identifiable information is collected in this research, i.e. it will not be possible for anyone including the researcher to link any responses with any identifiable person. Only the researcher and those directly associated with this research (i.e. research supervisors) will have access to the anonymous raw data gathered in this research.
Is it safe to participate? This study has gained ethical approval from the University of Essex Ethics Committee. This means that the research is considered to be safe to participate in and that all possible associated risks of participating have been adequately addressed. Some people may find aspects of the study distressing, including thinking about their BDD and other body image concerns as well as considering how cultural issues and family relationships may be associated with their symptoms.
In line with recommendations by the British Psychological Society (BPS), all participants will be provided with further information about relevant sources of support, information or help at the end of the survey or at any time when they’ve chosen to withdraw from the research if they should become distressed in the course of the survey.
Where will the findings be published? The findings of this study will be written up and will form part of a doctoral thesis. It is also hoped that the findings of the research will be published within an academic journal.
What happens after the study? If you have any further questions for the researcher after the study, you can contact her on the details provided. If any of the material from the questionnaire evoke feelings of anxiousness there are people that you can contact for support. This information will be provided at the end of the questionnaires.