Please read the following information carefully and indicate below if you agree to take part in this study.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY?
You are being invited to participate in a research study that aims to explore childhood experiences and how they might lead to later mental health outcomes.
The study is being conducted by Jane Byun, Ellen Carracher and Elizabeth Li, postgraduate students in the Psychology of Mental Health (MSc Conversion) and Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice (MSc), at the University of Edinburgh. The research project is under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Bird of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and it has been approved by The University of Edinburgh Health in Social Sciences Ethics Committee.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE AND WHAT WILL I BE ASKED TO DO?
You can participate in this project if you are: (1) aged 16 or over, and (2) fluent in English.
If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey with a variety of questions. These questions will ask about your life, your interactions with and views of others, and how you deal with your emotions. Some questions may be upsetting as they ask about experiences you may or may not have had as a child, including experiences of neglect, lack of care or abuse. Whether or not you have experienced these, the study is interested in your responses. Other questions will ask about your relationships with others, your memories of things that have happened to you, and your recent mood. We are interested in how these things may influence one another.
The survey will take around 20 minutes to complete, and you will need to do it in one sitting.
WILL MY RESPONSES BE CONFIDENTIAL?
All your answers will be anonymous; we won’t ask you any personal details like your name. All data will be kept strictly confidential and will conform to the Data Protection Act of 1998. There is a possibility of your anonymous data being used for future publications.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT PARTICIPATING?
Participation in this research project is completely voluntary. If you decide to take part and then change your mind, you have the right to withdraw your data from the study at any point. You can withdraw from the study without giving reasons. If you would like to withdraw from the study before finishing the survey, please go to the last page, click the “withdraw” button and we will delete your data from the dataset and not use it. Please be aware that if you partially answer the survey, and then close the browser without clicking “withdraw”, your data may still be used. If you decide after completing the survey that you want to withdraw your data, you can contact the researchers by email. Please note we will need the digital receipt allocated to you when you finished the survey since the data are anonymous.
HOW WILL MY DATA BE STORED AND USED?
The collected data will only be accessible to Dr. Timothy Bird and the researchers, Jane Byun, Ellen Carracher and Elizabeth Li, and it will be stored both within the University of Edinburgh servers and an encrypted, password protected file on the researcher’s laptop.
The information collected over this study may be presented at academic conferences and published in academic journals. However, any reports will only include groups results and not specific information about any participant.
If you would like to find out about any publications from this project, you can contact the researchers via email using the details below.
I DON’T FEEL RIGHT, WHERE CAN I GET SUPPORT?
If taking part in this study causes you any concerns, anxiety, or distress, the following support networks may be of interest:
- Samaritans: 116 123 (for emotional support, open 24/7); email@example.com; https://www.samaritans.org
- Childline: 0800 1111 (for people under 19, open 24/7); https://www.childline.org.uk
- Edinburgh Nightline: 0131 557 4444 (for emotional support, open 8pm-8am); http://ednightline.com
This information will be presented again at the end of the study. Additionally, your GP and NHS 24 (111) can always be a source of advice and support.
WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS STUDY?
If you have questions about the study, the primary researchers can be contacted via email:
Jane Byun: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen Carracher: email@example.com
Elizabeth Li: firstname.lastname@example.org
The project supervisor, Dr. Timothy Bird, can be contacted at email@example.com. In case of any complaints or if you wish to contact someone who knows about the project but is not involved, please contact Dr. Karen Goodall at Karen.Goodall@ed.ac.uk, or by telephone 0131 651 3947.
If you have any complaints, please contact Professor Charlotte Clarke, the head of the School of Humanities in Social Sciences, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please indicate at the bottom of the page whether you…
1. Have read the Participant Information Sheet
2. Have received enough information about the study
3. Understand that you do not need to take part in the study and if you do enter you are free to withdraw:
* without having to give a reason for withdrawing
* up until you agree to submit your data at the end of the survey, and that to withdraw before finishing the survey you must go to the last page, and click the “withdraw” button
* after submitting your data by emailing us with your digital receipt number
* and without detriment to you
4. Agree to take part in this study
5. Agree for your anonymous data to be stored and analysed