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Exploring potential relationships between self-compassion, perceived stress and coping strategies
Participant Information Sheet, dated 18/12/2019
Invitation

The University of Worcester engages in a wide range of research which seeks to provide greater understanding of the world around us, to contribute to improved human health and well-being and to provide answers to social, economic and environmental problems.

I would like to invite you to take part in one of our research projects. Before you decide whether to take part, it is important that you understand why the research is being done, what it will involve for you, what information I will ask from you, and what I will do with that information.

I will in the course of this project be collecting personal information. Under General Data Protection Regulation 2016, I am required to provide a justification (what is called a “legal basis”) in order to collect such information. The legal basis for this project is “task carried out in the public interest”.


You can find out more about our approach to dealing with your personal information at https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/visitor-privacy-notice.html.

Please take time to read this document carefully. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have and to talk to others about it if you wish. You will have at least 7 days to decide if you want to take part.


What is the purpose of the research?
This study aims to investigate the relationships between self-compassion, coping strategies and perceived stress levels.


Who is undertaking the research?

Abbi Sheen
Student researcher
SHEA1_17@UNI.WORC.AC.UK

Dr Amy Grubb
Supervisor
A.GRUBB@WORC.AC.UK


Who has oversight of the research?
The research has been approved by the Research Ethics Panel for the College of Business, Psychology and Sport in line with the University’s Research Ethics Policy. The University of Worcester acts as the “Data Controller” for personal data collected through its research projects & is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation 2016. We are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and our Data Protection Officer is Helen Johnstone (infoassurance@worc.ac.uk). For more on our approach to Information Assurance and Security visit: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/index.html.


Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because you are over the age of 18 and you are a member of the general population. I am hoping to recruit 84 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; I will wait for at least 3 days before asking for your decision. You can decide not to take part or to withdraw from the study until 7 days following data collection. If you wish to have your data withdrawn please contact me at SHEA1_17@UNI.WORC.AC.UK with your participant number and your data will be removed from the study. If you do decide to take part, you will be asked to sign a consent form.

What will happen if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part, you will:
⦁ Complete three questionnaires online (They will be on esurveycreator and can be completed anywhere with internet access).
⦁ Answer questions on self-compassion, coping strategies and perceived stress to allow for total scores to be calculated for these constructs.
⦁ Be required to dedicate approximately 15 minutes of your time to complete all the questionnaires.

You will be providing data to assess relationships between the different constructs.

What are the benefits for me in taking part?

Benefits of taking part include a contribution to knowledge around self-compassion, coping strategies and perceived stress. Additionally, you will gain a better understanding of what can make people more or less likely to have higher stress levels. As stress is very common among both students and the general population, you could help be involved in research that can help establish interventions for lowering stress levels.


Are there any risks for me if I take part?
The research may…
⦁ Elicit awareness of own self-compassion and perceived stress scores which could potentially cause psychological distress.
⦁ If needed, support services can be accessed. Mind (⦁ https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/stress/#.XcRWoDP7RPY) can be accessed online for support in terms of what to do if you are feeling stressed and tips for self-care (⦁ https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/mental-health-problems-introduction/self-care/#.XcRYhzP7RPY).
⦁ The Samaritans can also provide confidential support through a free 24-hour helpline, on 116 123 if you feel psychologically distressed.
⦁ Worcester University Counselling and Mental Health Services can be telephoned on 01905 542832 and emailed at ⦁ cmh@worc.ac.uk, for help and support. Contact via phone or email can also be used to book an appointment with the team, to develop a plan of support.


What will you do with my information?

Your personal data / information will always be treated confidentially; that is, it will not be shared with anyone outside the research team or any third parties specified in the consent form unless it has been fully anonymised. The exception to this is where you tell us something that indicates that you or someone else is at risk of harm. In this instance, I may need to share this information with a relevant authority; however, I would inform you of this before doing so.

During the project, all data / information will be kept securely in line with the University’s Policy for the Effective Management of Research Data and its Information Security Policy.

I will process your personal information for a range of purposes associated with the project primary of which are:

⦁ To use your information along with information gathered from other participants in the research project to seek new knowledge and understanding that can be derived from the information I have gathered.
⦁ To summarise this information in written form for the purposes of dissemination (through research reports, a thesis / dissertation, conference papers, journal articles or other publications). Any information disseminated / published will be at a summary level and will be fully anonymised and there will be no way of identifying your individual personal information within the published results.
⦁ To use the summary and conclusions arising from the research project for teaching and further research purposes. Any information used in this way will be at a summary level and will be fully anonymised. There will be no way of identifying your individual personal information from the summary information used in this way.
⦁ All non-student (University of Worcester) participants will remain anonymous, but Psychology students who would like to be awarded SONA credits for taking part will not remain anonymous, but their data will remain confidential throughout the study. This is because their name is required in order to obtain the credits.

If you wish to receive a summary of the research findings or to be given access to any of the publications arising from the research, please contact me.

How long will you keep my data for?
Your personal data will be retained until the project (including the dissemination period) has been completed.

At the completion of the project, I will retain your data only in anonymised form.

How can I find out what information you hold about me?
You have certain rights in respect of the personal information the University holds about you. For more information about Individual Rights under GDPR and how you exercise them please visit: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/requests-for-personal-data.html.

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

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.
If you decide you want to take part in our project, and I hope you do, or if you have any further questions then please contact Abbi Sheen at SHEA1_17@UNI.WORC.AC.UK

If you have any concerns about the project at this point or at any later date you may contact me (contact email address above) or you may contact the Supervisor: Dr Amy Grubb at A.GRUBB@WORC.AC.UK

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
Secretary to Research Ethics Panel for College of Business, Psychology and Sport
University of Worcester
Henwick Grove
Worcester WR2 6AJ
ethics@worc.ac.uk