An Investigation into Self-Attitudes in Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania

Researcher Details: Rebecca Wright ( Supervisor: Dr Jude Stevenson (

Invitation to Participate
You are being invited to participate in a research project as a person with a body-focused repetitive behaviour (BFRB), namely trichotillomania (hair pulling) and/or dermatillomania (skin picking). Please take the time to read the following information carefully so that you understand the reasoning behind the research and what it will involve. If anything is unclear or if you wish to hear more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of this study is to investigate the drivers of self-focussed attitudes about one’s BFRB in people with dermatillomania and/or trichotillomania.

What does the study entail?
You will be asked to complete 3 brief questionnaires with the entire process expected to take 5-10 minutes. There will be specific instructions before each section of each questionnaire so please read them carefully. Before you start, you will be asked to choose which BFRB you have symptoms of (trichotillomania or dermatillomania). If you have symptoms of both, please choose the one that you identify with the most. You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire on your experience of disgust, which you may find disgusting, as well as a questionnaire on attitudes regarding the self.

Why have I been chosen?
You have been selected as you have self-identified as someone with trichotillomania, dermatillomania, or both.

Do I have to take part?
No, it is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part, you will be asked to provide consent online. If you choose to participate, you are still free to withdraw at any time during the study and without giving a reason. If participants decide not to take part, their data will be destroyed and not included in the analysis. You must be aged 18 years and over to participate.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
No personally identifying information will be gathered during the survey and as such your taking part in this study will be entirely confidential. Since we won’t be able to identify your answers, there is no possibility of retracting your data once you click the submit button. If you wish to withdraw from the study, you must discontinue before completing the study.

What will happen to the results of the research study?
Your data is entirely anonymous and unidentifiable and will be gathered using GDPR compliant software and stored on a secure server. Data, without any personal identifying information, may be made publicly available in an online database for re-analysis by other researchers. Anonymous results of this study will be presented in an undergraduate student dissertation and may also be presented at conferences or published in journals, books, and the popular media. If you would like a summary of the results, this can be made available to you upon request from the researchers.
All data and results will be anonymous, kept confidential, and securely stored at all times. All data collected will be kept on a password protected computer with an encrypted hard drive for the duration of the project (end date: August 2020). This research is being conducted as part of a fourth-year dissertation. The research has been granted ethical approval from the College of Science and Engineering, University of Glasgow.

Who can I contact if I want more information?
If you would like to hear more about the current research, please contact Rebecca Wright ( Feel free to get in touch with any questions regarding the project or to request a results summary upon completion of the analysis.
Alternatively, you can contact Dr Jude Stevenson (, who is supervising this fourth-year honours dissertation project.

Please select below whether you identify as having trichotillomania (hair pulling) or dermatillomania (skin picking). If you endorse both, please select the one you identify with most. This will take you to a consent form; your choice here will not be recorded unless you consent to participate.

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