BANA has been involved in research since the early 1980s. Dr. Moriarty and his network of colleagues conducted research projects on eating disorders that brought credibility to the cause of eating disorder prevention and treatment and to those who advocated for it. Staff and board members wrote articles on various aspects of eating disorders and those they affect, which were published in well-known journals. Informative topics include the socio-cultural influences of sport/fitness programs on eating disorders, preventative curricula, the impact of thinness and dieting on ballet dancers, body dissatisfaction among Anorexics, and eating disorders among males.
In May 2003, BANA staff had the honour of reporting their assertiveness study findings at the Canadian Psychological Association Convention in Hamilton. This was the first study of its kind to examine treatment outcomes of assertiveness training with a clinical eating disorder sample. Overall, the study showed that assertiveness training for individuals with eating disorders is useful in reducing overall eating disorder symptoms and helping clients to learn how to effectively communicate their feelings. There is future research to come and BANA would like to continue following this group of individuals through their treatment process at BANA.
Presently, Dr. Josee Jarry of the University of Windsor and BANA are conducting a study to understand why people with eating disorders want to be thin. This project will assist eating disorder programs like BANA to design effective treatment strategies in the future.
Program evaluation of an adolescent psycho-educational group for eating disorders entitled “New Directions”. Click here to download the powerpoint presentation.
Creative Coping for Alexithymia and Self-Esteem
Visual arts therapy for adolescents with eating disorders. Click here for the PDF.
Assessing Readiness for Change in Adolescents with Eating Disorders
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Health and Well-Being
A baseline study of health-related behaviours in Windsor-Essex County. Click here for the PDF.