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What are the effects of character and social cognition on interpersonal emotion management in adults
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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, Katie Coveney am an undergraduate student with in the School of Psychology at the university of Worcester, and I would like to invite you to take part in a research project which involves completing an anonymous online survey. Before you decide to take part it is important for you to understand why the research is being carried out and what it will involve.

What is the purpose of the research?
This study aims to explore the relationship between social and emotional abilities amongst adults and how this may be used to predict certain aspects of one’s character.

Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because you are an adult over the age of 18. We are hoping to recruit a minimum of 109 participants for this study.

What will happen if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part you will be asked to complete an anonymous survey, in order to access this survey, you will need to read and tick the consent boxes below. Upon being directed to the survey you will first be taken to a page where you will be asked to create a unique participant code in order to identify your data set should you wish to withdraw from the research following completion, as well as asked to provide your age and gender. As this research focuses on emotional abilities of individuals and character qualities, these will be assessed through a series of questions, these questions will be predominantly assessed using multiple choice options, it is anticipated that completing the survey will take approximately 25 minutes.

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, as this research is anonymised, deciding to take part or not will not impact on studies, employment or judgement of any sort.

If you do decide to take part, you will be asked at the start of the survey to agree to a number of statements to indicate that you are over 18 years old, have read and understood this information and agree to take part in the survey. By submitting the survey, you are providing consent for the data you have given to be used in the study.


At the start of the survey you will be asked to create and make a note of a 6-digit unique code, this will consist of your parents initials, followed by 4 memorable digits, for example TC0579.
You can withdraw from the study by exiting the survey without submitting your responses and your data will not be saved. If however, you want to withdraw your data after you have completed, please email us at the address given at the end of this information sheet quoting the unique code by 13th February 2020. Your results will then be deleted. Please ensure that you make a note of our email address to ensure you can withdraw your data. However, by emailing this will give up your anonymity.

What are the benefits for me in taking part?
Understanding and managing our emotions is part of everyday life, in knowing and understanding our emotions we are able to adapt our behaviour to suit our social interactions. Therefore, research surrounding adult emotional abilities is of great interest at the moment in social psychology, moreover how the appearance and use of these skills are related to our unique personalities. Therefore, in agreeing to participate within the research you will be contributing to the knowledge of this field, as well as contributing to a relatively small research area available which focuses on these abilities in an adult population.


Are there any risks for me if I take part?
The research you are being invited to participate in considered low risk, meaning that you will not be asked any questions of a sensitive nature nor are you at risk of any psychological distress that would exist outside of day to day occurrence. However, although this research is not considered a risk, individuals all have unique experiences and tolerances and reflective experiences of themselves, should you feel any form of distress when participating or following the survey, you are encouraged to contact me, where you will be signposted to the appropriate support services.

What will you do with my data?

The data you submit will be treated confidentially at all times. No personal identifiable information will be obtained during or as part of the study. Your answers will be completely anonymous.

The research is being carried out as part of an Undergraduate project at the University of Worcester and the results will be presented in the form of an undergraduate dissertation which should be completed by no later than May 2020, we may submit all or part of this research for publication to academic and/or professional journals and present this research at conferences.

During the project, all data will be kept securely in a password protected file under a pseudonym, on a password protected laptop, analysis of the data will not be carried out on publicly accessible computers or in public areas, in line with the University’s Policy for the Effective Management of Research Data and its Information Security Policy. The data will be accessible to access to the data will only be granted to myself (the Researcher) and the supervisor of this project.

How long will you keep my data for?
At the completion of the project, we will retain your data in the anonymised form that it was collected for 2 years. This anonymised data will be archived and shared in line with our Policy for the Effective Management of Research Data.


Thank you for taking the time to read this information

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us:
Katie Coveney (Researcher) Covk1_10@uni.worc.ac.uk
Dr. Sarah Davis (Supervisor) sarah.davis@worc.ac.uk
Who has oversight of the research?
The research has been approved by the Research Ethics Panel for the College of Psychology in line with the University’s Research Ethics Policy.

The University is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and the University Data Protection Officer is Helen Johnstone. For more on the University approach to Information Assurance and Security visit: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/informationassurance/index.html.



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