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Early Experiences and Personality
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Participant Information Sheet
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.

What is the purpose of the study?
This study aims to look at the impact of early experiences on our personality. These early experiences will range from the conflict between parents, divorce and the presence of parents, if this is something you do not wish to take part in please refer to the section “do I have to take part?” below.

Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because you are looking to take part in a study. We are hoping to recruit 150-300 participants for 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 06/04/2018. If you wish to have your data withdrawn, please contact the researcher with your participant number and your data will then not be used.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 electronically sign a consent form through a clickable I agree.

What will happen to me if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part, you will:
• Be asked to electronically confirm you consent to take part.
• Complete 3 short questionnaires as well as the status of your parent’s relationship. Also some general questions about age etc. will be asked for.
• Your data will then be anonymously used in the study.

Are there any disadvantages risks to taking part?
The research has no identifiable risks however support information and contact details will be provided anyway.

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. Personal identifiable information (e.g. name and contact details) will not be asked for however questionnaire data and results will be securely stored and kept for up to 6 months after the project ends in May 2018 and then securely disposed of.

What will happen to the results of the research study?
This research is being carried out as part of my third year psychology independent study 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, then progress to the consent form on the next page.

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.

Student researcher

Chelsie Crowhurst

Research supervisor

Dr Daniel Farrelly

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

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