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Beliefs about weight and social media usage
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I would like to invite you to take part in my 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.

What is the purpose of the study?
This study aims to examine whether social media usage can contribute towards our understanding of personal beliefs about body image.

Why have I been invited to take part?
You have received this invitation because I require both male and female participants aged thirteen and over, who currently own a Facebook account. I am hoping to recruit 100 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 fourteen days from when you took part. If you wish to have your data withdrawn please contact the researcher on Gasz1_15@uni.worc.ac.uk with your unique identification code (last four digits of your student number and year of birth e.g. 21891996) and your data will be withdrawn from data analysis. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form. If you wish to withdraw from the study whilst taking part, exit the survey page and your data will not be included in further analysis.

What will happen to me if I agree to take part?
If you agree to take part you will be required to fill in five scales on esurvey, measuring personality traits, passive or active use of Facebook, Facebook usage, weight discrepancy and eating behaviours, as part of the data collection which will take approximately fifteen minutes.

Are there any disadvantages risks to taking part?
The research requires participants to indicate actual-ideal weight discrepancy by using a scale which firstly asks participants to select an ideal body size and then to select their actual body size from an option of nine animated body sizes. Participants will also be required to answer questions regarding eating behaviours. Should you feel distressed and need additional support after taking part in the study support services are available:

Counselling and Mental Health Service
Telephone number: 01905542832
Email: cmh@worc.ac.uk
Website: https://www.worc.ac.uk/counselling/

MIND for better mental health
Website: https://www.mind.org.uk

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. I 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 be securely stored using a password protected memory stick and kept for up to 6 months after the project ends in May 2018 and then securely disposed of. The Data Protection Act 1998 requires data to be kept for ten years and may be used for further research purposes.

What will happen to the results of the research study?
This research is being carried out as part of my Psychology research project 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 in June 2018.

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, please either contact the researcher using the details below.

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
Zoe Gaskin

Bere Mahoney

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