‘My teacher saved my life’ versus ‘Teachers don't have a clue’: an online survey of pupils’ experiences of eating disorders
Article first published online: 26 APR 2013
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Child and Adolescent Mental Health
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Knightsmith, P., Sharpe, H., Breen, O., Treasure, J. and Schmidt, U. (2013), ‘My teacher saved my life’ versus ‘Teachers don't have a clue’: an online survey of pupils’ experiences of eating disorders. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. doi: 10.1111/camh.12027
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 FEB 2013
- binge-eating disorder;
- eating disorders;
Eating disorders (ED) have a peak rate of onset in school-aged children. Little is known about pupils’ experiences of ED within a school setting.
Five hundred and eleven 11- to 19-year-old school pupils completed an online questionnaire exploring their experiences of ED (72% female, 28% male). Responses were analysed using content analysis principles.
Of the participants, 38% had a current or past ED, 49% of these had never received a formal diagnosis. Of the respondents, 59% saw a need to raise ED awareness. Only 7% would confide in a teacher about an ED.
Efforts are needed to break down barriers to disclosure and support teachers to play an effective role in the detection and early intervention for ED.