Monday, January 04, 2010

Participate in a study looking at family dynamics and eating disorders

Please take this survey on family relationships so that we can better understand eating disorders. Upon completion of the survey, you can enter into a lottery drawing for the chance to win up to $100.


We would like to invite you to participate in a study we are conducting looking at family dynamics and eating disorders. This research is being conducted by Kathleen M. Lanflisi, MA of the Clinical Psychology Department at Alliant International University in Fresno, CA as part of the PhD dissertation. Siobhan K. O’Toole, PhD is the licensed psychologist chairing and overseeing this research. Your cooperation and anonymous participation will be greatly valued.

By being at least 18 years of age, you qualify to be in this study. Your task will be to fill out several questionnaires which ask you questions about basic personal information (age, gender, etc.), personal characteristics, family dynamics, and eating behaviors. None of your individual ratings or information will ever be available to anyone besides our research team. Our first priority is the protection of your confidentiality. For that reason you are asked not to put your name on any of the enclosed materials. This will help ensure the anonymity of your responses. The only location we will ask for your name is at the end of the surveys should you choose to enter into lottery. Upon completion of the survey, you will have the chance to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards or one of two $100 Amazon gift cards. Your name will not be associated or kept with your materials. All that is required in order to contact you, should you win one of the Amazon gift cards, is your email address.

Your participation is completely voluntary and poses very little risk to you. The primary risk is the possibility of experiencing distress while filling out these questionnaires. Should you experience any distress resulting from your participation in this study neither Alliant International University nor any of the individuals associated with the research project will be held liable for the costs incurred.

Please be assured that:

1)All American Psychological Association (APA) ethical standards will be followed including those for research with human participants

2)You can withdraw participation at anytime

3) If you choose not to participate or withdraw participation you will suffer no penalty of any kind.

4)Participation, non-participation, or withdrawal from participation will not affect your current treatment at all.

If you have any questions please contact: Kathleen Lanflisi, MA at or

Siobhan K. O’Toole, PhD at (559) 253-2309

*Read about more research on eating disorders at:

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