ProYouth OZ

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Are you a young person aged 18 to 25? Do you worry about your weight and body shape?

We are testing an online program designed to help young people improve their body image. The study is being carried out by researchers from The Australian National University and the University Heidelberg in Germany.

What is ProYouth OZ?

ProYouth OZ focuses on the promotion of mental health in young people aged 18 to 25, specifically related to healthy eating, body satisfaction, and eating disorders. The program offers various information and support modules to young people that can be used over a period of 6 weeks. The program does not involve any face-to-face interaction.

What do I need to do?

Some of you will receive access to the program straight away and others will receive access after a few months. Some participants will be asked to attend weekly online chat groups for a duration of 6 weeks. Everyone in the study will be asked to complete several surveys.

Who can participate in the study?

In order to take part in the study you must be a young person aged 18 to 25 and satisfy a range of inclusion criteria. If you are interested in participating we will ask you to complete a screening questionnaire to see whether you are eligible. If you are eligible we will ask you to provide an email address and send you an invitation to complete a 30-minute online survey.

Has ethical clearance been obtained for this study?

Yes, the ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee. Protocol number: 2015/742

If you’re interested in participating, click on the following link to start the screening: 

ProYouth OZ


Partner organisations include the University Hospital Heidelberg, Young and Well CRC, the Butterfly Foundation, and the National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC).

The Project Team includes:

  • Kathina Ali, Professor Kathy Griffiths, and Dr Lou Farrer from the Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University.
  • Dr Daniel Fassnacht and Dr Elizabeth Rieger from the Research School of Psychology, Australian National University.
  • Dr Stephanie Bauer, Dr Markus Moessner, and Fikret Oezer from the Centre for Psychotherapy Research, University Hospital Heidelberg.

Updated:  23 September 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, CMHR/Page Contact:  Web Admin, CMHR