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You are invited to take part in a research study on
Gender Dysphoria, personality and early experience
. Before you decide whether to participate, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it 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, relatives and GP if you wish. We would like to stress that you do not have to accept this invitation and should only agree to take part if you want to.
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What is the purpose of this study?
The aim of this study is to assess whether Gender Dysphoria is related to early trauma and if it is related to strong beliefs about gender roles. If favourable results are discovered, it will help us better understand Gender Dysphoria, which has been the subject of very little research.
Why have I been chosen to participate?
You have been chosen to participate as you are either a transgender individual, a cisgender peer of said transgender person, or a student attending university. Cisgender peers are needed because the results of a group of participants that are not transgender, but are of a similar age and status, can be used to compare our results to. The students are being used so we can measure Gender Dysphoria in the non-diagnosed, student population.
What will happen if I choose to take part?
Participation in this research is voluntary, and participants are free to withdraw at any time without explanation and without incurring a disadvantage, however information cannot be withdrawn, as it will be anonymous. Results up to the period of withdrawal may be used.
If you do take part, you will be asked to fill out a short 20 – 30-minute online survey regarding personality and early experience. The responses from these will then be analysed by the Principal Investigator, Professor Richard Bentall and the Student Investigator, Olivia Hendriks. Your only responsibility as a participant is to answer the questions as honestly as you possibly can.
Are there any risks of taking part?
By agreeing to take part, you are agreeing to answer some questions that may be uncomfortable or distressing. If you feel upset during the survey, you are not obliged to carry on answering. If you are unhappy with the survey, or if there is a problem, please feel free to let us know by contacting Professor Richard Bentall via email:
, and we will try to help. If you remain unhappy or have a complaint which you feel you cannot come to us with then you should contact the Research Governance Officer at
. When contacting the Research Governance Officer, please provide details of the name or description of the study (so that it can be identified), the researcher(s) involved, and the details of the complaint you wish to make.
If taking part in this research causes you distress, the following organisations (who have not been involved in the design of this research) offer information and support:
The Gender Trust can be contacted on 01527 894 838; their website also signposts other sources of advice and help:
The Beaumont Trust also provides a confidential 24 hour helpline on 0700 028 7878,
The Samaritans provide 24 hour emergency counselling on 0845 790 9090.
What will happen to my response?
Data collected will remain anonymised and will only be used for this specific research. The only persons who can access it are the Principal and Student Investigators. You will not be able to get your response back after it is submitted, as it is anonymous we will not know which one belongs to you. The data will be stored indefinitely.
Results can be accessed when the study has been completed by contacting the Principal Investigator. You will not be identifiable from the results.
How can I stop taking part?
As explained previously, participants are free to withdraw at any time simply by closing your browser. Your data however, cannot be destroyed as responses are anonymous.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the Student Investigator Olivia Hendriks at the following email address:
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