Exploring participant experiences with online peer support groups for obsessive-compulsive and related disorders

Cheryl Tan is a psychology student at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and she is currently doing research on obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (i.e. obsessive-compulsive disorder, hair-pulling disorder, skin-picking disorder, and body dysmorphic disorder).

The research involves completing a survey about using online peer support groups for these conditions. 

Individuals with obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRDs) experience persistent and intrusive thoughts and often perform repetitive behaviours in response to those thoughts. Unfortunately, finding appropriate treatment for OCRDs can be difficult and many people turn to online peer support groups for information and emotional support.

The researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia hope that this study, exploring the experiences people have with using online peer support groups to manage their condition, will help them to understand the benefits and potential downsides of using such online support peer groups.

They are seeking people aged 18+ who experience hair-pulling, skin-picking, and other obsessive compulsive behaviours (including body dysmorphia) to participate in this study.

You do not need to be a current or active member of any online peer-support groups to take part as they are interested in a wide range of experiences.

You will be asked to participate in an anonymous online survey which will take 30 minutes to complete.

Please click on the link below for further information and to access the survey:


For any further queries, please contact: Dr Alexander De Foe, Chief Investigator, Ph: +613 9925 3294, e-mail: alex.defoe@rmit.edu.au Yi Tong Tan (Cheryl), Primary Research Student, e-mail: s3760765@student.rmit.edu.au 

Please see the attached Information Sheet and Poster for more information.