I am a Research Psychologist at Center for Appearance Research, based at the University of West England (UWE) in Bristol.
Our team are experts in appearance and body image. We are conducting a research project exploring the impact of Ramadan on eating behaviours and mental health. We are particularly interested in looking at this among Muslim women aged between 18-35, given that young women are at increased risk of experiencing body image concerns
Women who choose to participate would be asked to take part in an online interview lasting 60 minutes at the end of Ramadan, and another interview 3 months after Ramadan.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer any compensation to the participants, however I am hoping that members of your community would be interested in taking part in this research, as this research explores an issue that is under-researched and rarely discussed in Muslim groups. I am a Muslim woman myself, and understand the value of Ramadan, and will be mindful and sensitive in my interaction with the participants. We hope that with this research, we can make a valuable contribution to the Muslim community, and encourage discussions around mental health.
The study has been approved by the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences Research Ethics Committee at UWE. All answers by participants would be anonymous, and not shared with anyone apart from the research team.
If you would like to take part in this research, you can fill your contact details here: https://uwe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bCN5ccoLsIS0GVf.
If you have any questions, you. can directly contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment under this post.
I would really appreciate your support in taking a step towards reducing stigma surrounding mental health in Muslim communities!! :)