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A personality and retirement study
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PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET

I 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.

What is the purpose of the study?
This study aims to explore the retirement experience. In this study you will be asked to answer a series of questions about your personality type and experiences of retirement. This information will be used to assess what influence personality types have on retirement adjustment with the overall aim of making more information and support available to people approaching this significant stage in their lives.

Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because I require retirees aged between 50 and 70 to take part in this study.

Do I have to take part?
No. It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to take part in this study. Please take your time to decide. You can decide not to take part or to withdraw from the study at any point until 28 days from when you took part. You also have the right of non-completion of items that you do not feel comfortable about. If you wish to have your data withdrawn please contact the researcher with your participant number and your data will then not be used.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 required to fill in an online survey as part of the data collection for the study which will take approximately 15 minutes.

Are there any disadvantages risks to taking part?
I do not anticipate any risks associated with participating in this study.

Will the information I give stay confidential?
Everything you say/report is confidential. The information you give may be used for a research report, but it will not be possible to identify you from the research report or any other dissemination activities. Data will be securely stored and kept for up to 6 months after the project ends in May 2019 and then securely disposed of. The research data will be securely stored and may be used for further research purposes.

What happens to the information I will provide?
The University of Worcester is carrying out this research. The findings of this study may be published in academic journals or at conferences. In accordance of GDPR guidelines, the processing of this data is necessary for tasks in the public interest. Please note that the University of Worcester is the Data Controller and details of how we process your data, including how long we retain it, and your rights, are detailed on https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/visitor-privacy.notice/html

Who is organising the research?
This research has been approved by the University of Worcester Institute of Health Ethics Committee.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.


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

Student researcher
Jackie Holden
holj1_16@uni.worc.ac.uk

Supervisor
Dr Sarah Davis
sarah.davis@worc.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology
Institute of Health & Society
University of Worcester

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

Karen Dobson
Research Knowledge and Exchange Facilitator
Graduate Research School
University of Worcester
Henwick Grove
Worcester WR2 6AJ
01905 855518
karen.dobson@worc.ac.uk