Journal article

Peer mentoring for individuals with an eating disorder: a qualitative evaluation of a pilot program

Freya Hanly, Benjamin Torrens-Witherow, Narelle Warren, David Castle, Andrea Phillipou, Jennifer Beveridge, Zoe Jenkins, Richard Newton, Leah Brennan

Journal of Eating Disorders | BMC | Published : 2020


Background: After receiving intensive medical treatment; individuals with eating disorders often require ongoing care to maintain their recovery, build social networks, and reduce risk of relapse. Methods: To address this important transition period, a six-month peer mentoring program was developed and piloted in Melbourne, Australia. Twelve adults with a past history of an eating disorder (mentors) were paired with 14 individuals with a current eating disorder (mentees). Pairs met for thirteen mentoring sessions in community settings. Throughout the program mentees and mentors completed reflective questions online. Upon completion of the program, qualitative interviews were conducted. Both ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This program was funded by the William Buckland Foundation, the Ian Potter Foundation and John T Reid Charitable Trusts. The funders were not involved in any aspect of the study design, data collection or analysis, interpretation of data or writing of the manuscript.