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Considering self-determination theory, are students who are higher risk takers, in a later stage of change of the trans-theoretical model of change?
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Title of Project: Considering self-determination theory, are students who are higher risk takers, in a later stage of change of the trans-theoretical model of change?

We would like to invite you to take part in a research project. Before you decide whether to take part it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read this carefully and ask the researcher if you have any questions. Talk to others about the study if you wish. You will to decide if you want to take part immediately as the study is an online questionnaire; https://www.esurveycreator.co.uk/s/00190b5

What is the purpose of the study?
The study will be assessing the non-directional relationship between risk-taking behaviour and stages of change in behaviour, using the Transtheoretical model of change. The Transtheoretical Model is a model that is made of 5 stages. Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance. It provides a reliable model of how to measure what stage of change an individual is in.

The study will help us to support students who engage in risk taking behaviour and help us understand more about how the Transtheoretical model of change can measure this. A score of risk- taking each participant has using the RT-18 questionnaire by Hann et al. (2011) will be calculated. Then the study will determine which stage of change each participant is in by using the contemplation ladder Clair et al. (2011) which is based on a question about alcohol consumption, a risk-taking behaviour.

Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because you are a university student. We are hoping to recruit 200 participants for this study.

Do I have to take part?
No. It is up to you to decide whether you want to take part in this study. Please take your time to decide; although as the study is an online questionnaire survey you will need to make a prompt decision. You can decide not to take part or to withdraw from the study at any point until 16/03/2019. If you wish to have your data withdrawn please contact the researcher with your participant number and your data will then not be used. If you do decide to take part, you will be asked to sign a consent form.

What will happen to me if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part, you will
• Be asked to provide a unique participant number, your age and gender.
• You will not be asked or required to provide contact details or your full name.
• You will not be providing any information that can be transcribed.
• You will be prompted to answer this survey consisting of approximately 31 questions.
• The questionnaire will take between 10-15 minutes to complete
• The data will be recorded on a password protected device in a secure file to be used for data analysis, then destroyed.

Are there any disadvantages risks to taking part?
The research
• There is a small risk of distress being caused by the participant, when answering questions based on risky behaviour, alcohol and drug use. All information obtained in this study is strictly confidential but please see support available below. However, the questions do not go into detail or ask for personal details, but please see support available below.

• If you need support, then you can contact myself Hamish Gillies by emailing me gilh2_16@uni.worc.ac.uk for further guidance.
• You can also contact the supervisor for this research study. Dr Laura Rees-Davies BSc, PhD, CPsychol, FHEA. Lecturer in Psychology, Psychology, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ, Office no.: BB194, Telephone: 01905 542965.

• Or if needed you can also contact First Point, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ, to access guidance and support or counselling.

• You may also find these links helpful;

Will the information I give stay confidential?
Everything you say/report is confidential unless you tell us something that indicates that you or someone else is at risk of harm. We would discuss this with you before telling anyone else. The information you give may be used for a research report, but it will not be possible to identify you from our research report or any other dissemination activities.

What will happen to the results of the research study?
This research is being carried out as part of my Counselling psychology BSc at the University of Worcester. The findings of this study will be reported as part of my dissertation and may also be published in academic journals or at conferences.
If you wish to receive a summary of the research findings, please contact the researcher.
Who is organising the research?

This research has been approved by the Project’s Supervisor in accordance with UoW Ethics Policy, as administered by Institute of Health and Society Ethics Panel.

What happens next?
Please keep this information sheet. If you do decide to take part, please either contact the researcher using the details below.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information

If you decide to take part of you have any questions, concerns or complaints about this study please contact one of the research team using the details below.

If you would like to speak to an independent person who is not a member of the research team, please contact John-Paul Wilson at the University of Worcester, using the following details:

John-Paul Wilson
Research Manager
Graduate Research School
University of Worcester
Henwick Grove
Worcester WR2 6AJ
01905 542196

Thank you!
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