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Emotional Intelligence as a mediator between Intergroup Contact and Public Attitudes toward Mental Health
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Participant Information Sheet
Title of Project: Emotional Intelligence as a mediator between Intergroup Contact and Public Attitudes toward Mental Health.

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.

This research is being conducted by myself; Katie Bradshaw, an Undergraduate Student at the University of Worcester (brak1_17@uni.worc.ac.uk). The research will be supervised by Sarah Davis, Lecturer based in the School of Psychology at the University of Worcester (sarah.davis@worc.ac.uk).

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 investigate the relationship between social contact and public attitudes towards mental health, while also considering the role of emotional intelligence.

Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because the research aims to capture the views of the general public. In order to participate in this research, you must be an adult (at least 18 years of age). I am hoping to recruit 110 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, which will be accessed online. You will be asked to answer a series of questions, (most of which will include a made-up scenario) which can be answered by selecting the answer that best describes your response. You will also be asked some basic demographic questions (your age and sex). The research should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

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. Deciding to take part or not will not impact on your university studies (for Sona participants only). 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 unique code.
This will be created by combining the first two letters of your street name, date of birth (DDMM), and age (in this order). 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/returned the survey, please email us at the address given at the end of this information sheet quoting the unique code within two weeks of completing the research. 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?
By participating in this study, you will be contributing to the knowledge and understanding of attitudes towards mental health, which is a surprisingly understudied area in Psychology. Modern society is progressing all the time to become more accepting of the things that make us each unique; for example race, sexuality and gender identity, however we still understand comparably little about our attitudes towards mental health. This research aims to contribute to the understanding of what factors facilitate positive attitudes and increased social contact with individuals who have a mental health problem. Understanding how we can work towards a more inclusive and accepting society is important for us all.

Are there any risks for me if I take part?
The research does have the potential to cause some discomfort when answering questions concerning attitudes towards mental health. This topic is limited to only a small amount of questions and has been deemed appropriate and necessary for the research. If you feel that following participation in the research, you would like to contact someone for support regarding these issues, the following organisations are recommended to you;

Mind
Telephone: 0300 123 3393
Email: info@mind.org.uk

Samaritans
Telephone: 116 123
Email: jo@samaritans.org

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 30th April 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 on a password protected laptop 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 the myself, as the researcher (Katie Bradshaw) and the supervisor (Dr Sarah Davis).

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 myself or the project Supervisor.
Katie Bradshaw: brak1_17@uni.worc.ac.uk (Undergraduate Student)
Sarah Davis: sarah.davis@worc.ac.uk (Project Supervisor)
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 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

I confirm that I am at least 18 years of age, I have read and understood the above information, I voluntarily agree to take part in the research, and know who to contact if I have any concerns or would like to withdraw from the research *