The Development of an Orthorexia Nervosa Interview

About this study

Research suggests that some people may experience an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating, which has been referred to as Orthorexia Nervosa. However, it is not clear whether such a condition exists and, if so, whether it is different from other conditions (such as one of the recognised eating disorders). In order to conduct research in this area, the first step is the development of an interview that can identify people experiencing problems related to their focus on healthy eating. In this study we are seeking to pilot an interview that asks about people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviours regarding healthy eating.

Research TeamRosemary Clifford (BA(Hons)), Elizabeth Rieger (PhD)
InstitutionThe Australian National University
Ethics Approval Number2018/299
Project Start Date24 September 2018
Project End Date1 January 2019
ParticipantsData for this study will be collected in the form of interviews completed by people in Australia who are: 18 years old or above and either (1) have no personal history of extreme eating or weight concerns or (2) have possibly had or currently have Orthorexia Nervosa. A total of approximately 10 participants will take part in the study, five participants who do not have personal experience with eating or weight concerns and five participants who have had or currently have Orthorexia Nervosa.
Whats InvolvedIf you decide to participate, we will first ask you to sign a consent form. Completing the consent form will require you to indicate whether or not you have had, or currently have, Orthorexia Nervosa. After informed consent has been obtained, as a participant, you will be asked to undergo a face-to-face interview administered by Rosemary Clifford, which will ask you about your eating attitudes and habits. This will be followed by a discussion in which the interviewer will seek your feedback regarding the clarity of the interview questions, how comprehensive the questions were, and the administration procedure (such as the pace, flow, and length of the interview, and the interviewer’s style). The interview and feedback session will be audio recorded and transcribed. Should you desire, you will be offered the opportunity to review the transcriptions.

The study will be administrated in person in a private room within the Research School of Psychology at the ANU. Completing this study will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
LocationThe Australian National University
Contact Details

Rosemary Clifford/rosemary.clifford@anu.edu.au

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