Research Summary

I plan to survey pro-anorexic (pro-ana) groups in order to better understand the pro-ana identity and the community that has formed around it. Because pro-anorexic groups are based almost exclusively online, my methodology focuses primarily on Internet-based communities and, substantively, on bodies and embodiment, and gendered standards of beauty. Through this study, I will identify and re-present a community of members whose voices are largely ignored and/or unknown in academic literature. The survey I will distribute examines online habits, participants impressions of other pro-anorexic members, and what their own motivations are for participating or not participating in pro-ana activities.

General Information About the Survey

Please note that if you feel uncomfortable with any of the questions for any reason, you may omit your answer without penalty. You may also stop the survey at any time, or retract your answers post-submission. Contact me if you have any questions or concerns, or would like to request a copy of the paper once it is complete.


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I am a graduate student in the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Department of Sociology.


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