Participant Information Form

Investigating attitudes towards individuals who engage in deliberate self-harm

Student Researcher: Carly Jackson

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 attitudes towards deliberate self-harm and the overactivation of the Behavioural Immune System resulting in stigma towards individuals who engage in deliberate self-harm.

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 read a vignette about a fictitious protagonist who is partaking in self-harm behaviours and answer questions relating to this individual. Following this you will receive a questionnaire to complete 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 10 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?

This study involves sensitive and potentially triggering content including vignettes of fictitious characters involving topics such as deliberate self-harm, abuse and substance use, in addition to subsequent questions about pathogen, sexual and moral disgust. We do not anticipate any adverse effects of completing this study however, due to the sensitive nature of the topics discussed in this study, we remind you that your participation is completely optional and if at any time you feel that you have been unduly affected by the content of the study, please do not hesitate to discontinue the study immediately. A list of additional resources will be available at the bottom of the debrief sheet following this study that you are encouraged to use if you feel you need additional support.

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: Carly Jackson (

Supervisor: Dr Eugene Dawydiak (

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