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Evaluating anxiety levels and the well-being of dyslexic and non-dyslexic adults in higher education
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Participant Information


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. Talk to others about the study if you wish.

What is the purpose of the study?
This study aims to investigate the levels of anxiety and the well-being of dyslexic and non-dyslexic students.

Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because I require both male and female participants, aged 18 and over to take part in this study. I am hoping to recruit 70 participants, both dyslexic and non-dyslexic students, 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 28 days from when you took part. If you wish to have your data withdrawn, please contact the researcher with your participant number and your data will then not be used.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 three scales online as part of the data collection for the study which will take approximately 10-15 minutes. After completing the study, students from the University of Worcester will be allocated 1 research credit, in order to use them for recruiting participants for their final year project.

Are there any disadvantages risks to taking part?
This research did ask you to answer questions about yourself and your close relationships. It is possible that this may be sensitive for some participants. You do not have to take part and you can withdraw at any point within the study. However, if you do decide to take part and feel you have been affected in any way you can get in touch with the counselling services within the university. This can be done by emailing counselling@worc.ac.uk or by visiting www.worc.ac.uk/counselling. Alternatively, you can contact the Samaritans helpline on 116 123.

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 our research report or any other dissemination activities. Personal identifiable information (e.g. name and contact details) will be securely stored and kept for up to 6 months after the project ends in May and then securely disposed of. All research data will be stored electronically for a maximum of 5 years to allow time for dissemination and publication. After this time all data will be destroyed in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998).

What will happen to the results of the research study?
This research is being carried out as part of my Psychology degree 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 University of Worcester Institute of Health Ethics Committee.

What happens next?
If you do decide to take part, you need to click in order to confirm you have read the information sheet. You will also be asked to give your consent before start completing the online survey. After completing the online study, University of Worcester students will be allocated 1 research credit, for recruiting participants for your final year projects.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information

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

Student researcher
Eleni Kouti

Dr Kate Muse
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Institute of Health and 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 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