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Participant’s Information Sheet

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study. Before you decide you need to understand why the study is being done and what you will be asked to do. Please read the following information carefully, and ask us if there is anything you are not sure about or if you would like more information. Please take time to decide whether you want to take part.

Why the study is being done?

This research study will explore the relationship between individual beliefs, thoughts, relationship experiences, and mood and feelings in young adults. Understanding these will help us think about how best to enhance wellbeing in young adults in the future.

Why have I been asked to take part?

For this study, we aim to recruit about 400 young adults aged from 16 to 25 years of age to take part. In other to take part, you need to have sufficient fluency in English to understand this information sheet, consent form and the questionnaires that you need to fill in.

Do I have to take part?

It is entirely up to you. If you decide to take part, please complete the Consent Form to show that you understand your rights in relation to the research, and that you are happy to participate. If you change your mind later, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time and without having to give a reason.

What will happen to me if I decide to take part?

If you agree to take part in the study, you will be asked to complete a number of questionnaires about your thoughts, feelings, emotions and relationships lasting approximately 20-30 minutes. You can leave the survey at any time, but your answers from the previous pages will be saved.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

By sharing your experiences with us, you will be helping researchers to better understand how different psychological factors contribute towards the development of psychological distress and wellbeing among young adults.

Are there any risks associated with taking part?

There are no significant risks associated with the participation.

What if I want to withdraw from the survey?

Agreeing to participate in the research survey does not oblige you to remain in the study nor have any further obligation to this study. If, at any stage, you no longer want to be part of the study, please leave the survey. Your data may be used in the production of formal research outputs (e.g. journal articles, conference papers, theses and reports) prior to your withdrawal and so you are advised to contact the research team at the earliest opportunity about your decision to withdraw from the study. On specific request, we will destroy all your identifiable answers.

Date protection and confidentiality

This study has been approved by the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology Ethics Research Panel. Your data will be processed in accordance with Data Protection Law. Your answers are recorded purely for research purposes. All information collected about you will be kept strictly confidential. Individual responses will be anonymised and will not be shared. Your data will be referred by a unique participant number rather than by your name and will only be reviewed by the research team. All electronic data will be stored and processed on a password-protected computer file within the premises of University of Edinburgh, UK.

What will happen with the results of the study?

The data from this survey will be used for the researcher’s doctoral thesis in Clinical Psychology. The results of the study may also be summarised in academic articles, reports and presentations in academic conferences. However, your identification details will never be disclosed. All the data may be kept for a minimum of 5 years and will be disposed of securely.

Whom can I contact for further information?

If you have, any further questions about the study, or if you have any concerns, please contact the lead researcher: Asnea Tariq at A.Tariq-6@sms.ed.ac.uk

If you wish to speak with the researcher’s supervisors, please contact: Dr. Stella Chan at Stella.Chan@ed.ac.uk or +44 (0)131 651 3935.

If you wish to make a formal complaint, please contact Prof. Matthias Schwannauer, Head of School, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, at m.schwannauer@ed.ac.uk or +44(0)131 651 3969.