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Thank you for your interest in this research study titled: “Dyadic Adjustment in Mothers of Children with Anorexia Nervosa.” This is a research study conducted by Marissa Miller Alexander, M.A., a Ph.D. candidate in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Merle A. Keitel, Professor of Counseling Psychology at Fordham University.

Study Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore how caring for an anorexic child affects personal well-being and intimate relationships. You are eligible to participate in this study if you are a mother and primary caregiver for a child between the ages of 10 and 21 who has been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. Your child must be currently receiving outpatient treatment and must currently be living in your home. Outpatient treatment includes any outpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, and/or treatment by a psychologist, psychiatrist, medical doctor, nutritionist, social worker, nurse, or team of treatment providers. Additionally, to be eligible for participation in this study, you must currently be in a committed relationship, either married or living with your partner.

This study is intended to provide mental health professionals with a better understanding of the experience of caring for a child with Anorexia Nervosa. While you may not benefit directly from participating in this study, results of studies like this one could potentially provide a model from which treatment providers can understand how parents cope with their child’s illness. In turn, treatment providers may be able to provide more effective guidance and support to parents who are struggling to care for their child with Anorexia Nervosa.

Participation in the Study: Should you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire related to your child’s eating behaviors, how you and your partner cope with your child’s illness, the impact of your child’s illness on your psychological and social well-being, and how satisfied you feel in your relationship. It is estimated that participation in this study will take approximately 15-30 minutes of your time. Participation in this study is anonymous; you will not be asked to provide your name or any other information that could potentially identify you to the researcher. The researcher will only be made aware of your identity if you choose to contact the researcher for any reason and disclose your identity. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may stop completing the questionnaire at any time, and may skip questions that you choose not to answer. It is anticipated that the risks associated with the study are minimal. Should you experience emotional discomfort during the completion of the surveys or any time after your participation, you may contact the researcher for a referral for local supportive services.

Study Findings: If you are interested in receiving a summary of the research findings upon the completion of the study, regardless of whether you chose to participate, you may email the primary researcher at bmamiller@fordham.edu, or Dr. Merle Keitel at mkeitel@fordham.edu. When the study is completed, the researcher will provide you with a summary of the findings.

Study Contacts: You may contact the primary researcher at any time should you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding your participation or the nature of the study. The researcher can be reached at: bmamiller@fordham.edu, or you may contact the chair of the Fordham University Institutional Review Board that monitors the ethical conduct of research, Dr. E. Doyle McCarthy at 212-636-7946 regarding your rights as a participant.

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