Journal of Eating Disorders

, 3:O45 | Cite as

A mentor-mentee support program for people with anorexia nervosa

  • Lucie Ramjan
  • Sarah Fogarty
  • Daniel Nicholls
  • Phillipa Hay
Oral presentation


Risk Management Anorexia Nervosa Research Process Mixed Method Home Environment 
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Successful mentorship enhances quality of life, hope for recovery and empowers people with anorexia nervosa (AN) to develop health-promoting strategies, with immeasurable benefits for both mentor and mentee.


To develop and evaluate, in consultation with stakeholders (people with AN and recovered individuals), a mentorship support program for people with AN in NSW.


This study is a mixed methods participatory action research (PAR) project. Participants are pivotal in the development and design of a tailored program. Researchers work closely with stakeholders to bring and evaluate change, through cycles of learning and reflection, actively engaging participants in the research process.


During workshop discussions, participants (4 mentors and 5 mentees) defined the program, examined roles and responsibilities, partnerships, interaction, use of funds, conflict resolution and risk management. The workshop, conducted informally in a setting that simulated a home environment, reduced anxiety levels. Uncertainty evolved into an appreciation for the program, development of new relationships, learning that everyone had similar reservations yet reassurance that people were there to support and encourage recovery. Participants were positive and optimistic for the program's trial.


PAR is an apt research method for actively engaging stakeholders in the development of a tailored program to support recovery.

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© Ramjan et al. 2015

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucie Ramjan
    • 1
  • Sarah Fogarty
    • 1
  • Daniel Nicholls
    • 1
  • Phillipa Hay
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Nursing and MidwiferyUniversity of Western SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of Western SydneyAustralia

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