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Participate in an online research study?

October 13, 2007

Dear Friends,
I've just received the following invitation from Sarah Williams, a PhD student in the UK who is looking for people who have recovered from anorexia to participate in an online research study looking at experiences and opinions of anorexia and its treatment. If you are over 18 and meet her other criteria, perhaps you would like to lend her your thoughts? (And if you have a website or blog, please help spread the word!)

The rest of this message is from Sarah, so read on.

And always, be well!
Aimee

"My name is Sarah Williams and I am conducting research at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh looking at people’s understandings of anorexia and I would like to hear about your views and experiences.

As part of this study I will be conducting an online focus group with those that have recovered from anorexia. The online focus group takes the form of a private discussion board and will give you an opportunity to talk about your experiences and feelings towards anorexia with others who feel the same and are in the same situation.

The online focus group will work in the same way as a private discussion board. I will post discussion topics at regular intervals for everybody in the focus group to discuss and get involved in. You are not limited to answering the questions I post up and are more than welcome to introduce your own topics to the group as long as it is relevant to the subjects of anorexia, recovery and treatment.
All the information that you give in the discussion boards will be anonymous to other users of the site.

At the end of the four-week focus group the discussions will be downloaded and analysed for the purpose of this study. This research may be published in a journal and may use quotes taken from your posts, however, this will not include any defining characteristics (e.g. name, e-mail address, username etc) if any of these do occur in the quotes used these will be censored or left out.

You are eligible to take part if:

You are 18 years old or over
*

You have access to the internet
*

You have recovered from anorexia

The focus group will last for a period of four weeks. It will begin on the 12th November 2007 and will end around the 9th December 2007.

If you wish to take part please e-mail swilliams@qmuc.ac.uk

For more information, please visit
the EVENTS page at
www.gainingthetruth.com
or visit
www.myspace.com/understandinganorexia

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Anthology
Anthologies of fiction and nonfiction that Aimee has edited or contributed to.
Novels
a suspenseful novel of rescue and redemption set in Central Asia at the start of the Cold War, featuring two unforgettable heroines whose fates are irrevocably intertwined.
The unforgettable tale of star-crossed love that spans four decades and two continents.
A young photographer wrestles with her repressed past and identity as an Amerasian in New York's Chinatown. Now back in print after more than a decade, FACE is Aimee's first novel.
Work on Eating Disorders
While there are numerous memoirs available chronicling individual women’s struggles with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, this is the first book to bring together many people’s stories to create a complete and candid picture of the recovery process. Aimee Liu has skillfully brought together firsthand accounts of recovery to create a realistic roadmap for the journey. This book also includes informational sidebars, written by professionals in the field, on topics including treatment options, choosing the right therapist, the pros and cons of medication, how parents and spouses can help, and much more.
How do anorexia and bulimia impact life AFTER recovery? GAINING is one of the first books about eating disorders to connect the latest scientific insights to the personal truth of life before, during, and especially after anorexia and bulimia.
America's first memoir of anorexia, and one of the earliest books about eating disorders, originally published in 1979
Craft & Criticism
Resources and suggestions for students and fellow writers
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