Stress and psychological well-being in students.
Thank you for your interest in taking part in this study. This information sheet is to explain why the research is being conducted and what your participation will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and feel free to ask us if you would like more information or if there is anything that you do not understand. Please also feel free to discuss this with your friends and relatives if you wish. We would like to stress that you do not have to take part if you do not wish to.
This study is looking at exploring the effects of stress on the mental well-being of a student population. Any university student is eligible to take part in the study, domestic and international.
Taking part involves being asked to indicate your consent below, and then completing a set of online questionnaires. These questionnaires will ask you about your life stressors, emotions and social lifestyle factors. This should take about 10 minutes to complete.
Taking part involves thinking about your stressors and emotions, which could be mildly distressing. If you experience any distress you can stop at any point and we encourage you to inform the researcher or the supervisor (contact details below). If you wish you may also contact the university counselling service (www.liv.ac.uk/studentsupport/counselling/) or your GP.
Ethics and confidentiality considerations
Your participation will also be entirely confidential, with the information only being accessible to the researcher and supervisor and your data stored anonymously under an ID code so you are not identifiable. However, if you wish to be entered into a prize draw for a £100 AMAZON Voucher you will be required to disclose your email address at the end of the study. Participants will also be covered by the University’s insurance.
The results of the research will be used and written up as part of the researchers’ undergraduate degree in psychology and may be submitted for publication in an academic journal. Participation is entirely voluntary and you may withdraw at any time without having to give a reason, and without detriment to you. If you withdraw after the study has begun we will destroy any data already collected. Under the Data Protection Act, you have the right to access your data upon request.
If you would like further information on this study or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the researcher or supervisor.
Professor Richard Bentall (Supervisor): Richard.Bentall@liverpool.ac.uk
Dr Jason McIntyre (Researcher): firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah Bodycote (Researcher): H.Bodycote@student.liverpool.ac.uk
Charlotte Hampson (Researcher): C.E.Hampson@student.liverpool.ac.uk
Institute of Psychology, Health & Society, University of Liverpool, Waterhouse Building, Block B, Liverpool, GL9 3GL
Before you take part in this study, please decide your answer to the questions below. If all your answers are Yes, press 'I confirm my consent' to begin.
1. I confirm that I have read and have understood the information sheet dated January 2016 for the above study. I have had the opportunity to consider the information, ask questions and have had these answered satisfactorily.
2. I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time without giving any reason, without my rights being affected.
3. I understand that, under the Data Protection Act, I can at any time ask for access to the information I provide and I can also request the destruction of that information if I wish.
4. I agree to take part in the above study.
By pressing this button I confirm that I consent to taking part in the study.