Participant Information Form

The Role of Disgust Sensitivity in Body Image Disturbance: An Exploratory Study

Student Researcher: Victoria Stuart - Martin

Invitation to participate

You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please read the following information carefully and take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between disgust sensitivity and body image disturbance levels.

Do I have to take part?

No, you can choose whether or not you would like to take part in this research. If you do decide to take part, you remain free to withdraw from the study up until you click the final submit button. You must be over the age of 18 to take part in this study.

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. Because we won’t be able to identify your answers, there is no chance of retracting your data once you click the final submit button. If you wish to withdraw from the study, you must discontinue before completing the study.

What will participation involve?

You will be asked to log in to the online software Experimentum, created by the University of Glasgow’s School of Psychology, as a guest and asked your age and gender identity. You will then be asked to complete two short questionnaires: first on self-reported levels of body image disturbances; second on how disgusting you find certain concepts (the concepts relate to pathogen, moral and sexual disgust). We anticipate that participation will last no longer than 15 minutes. We hope that you will find taking part in our research to be a worthwhile activity. We consider your views and experiences as extremely valuable to us.

What are the possible disadvantages or risks of taking part in the study?

There are no anticipated disadvantages in taking part. However, if you feel that you may be unduly affected by any of the items please discontinue your participation.

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 a student research 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.

Contact information

If you would like additional information relating to the study, please contact the researcher or the project’s supervisor.

Student researcher: Victoria Stuart - Martin (2316943s@student.gla.ac.uk)

Supervisor: Dr Eugene Dawydiak (eugene.dawydiak@glasgow.ac.uk)

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