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Title: An Investigation into Predictors of Stigmatising Attitudes Towards Eating Disorders. Researcher: Clara Young (2337505y@student.gla.ac.uk Supervisor: Dr J Stevenson

You are being invited to take part in a research study. It is important that you fully understand why this research is being conducted and what the study will involve. Please take the time to carefully read the following information and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Clara Young at the above email address.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the attitudes that people hold towards individuals with eating disorders and what individual differences might predict this.

Do I have to take part? There is absolutely no obligation for you to participate. If you choose to take part, you will be asked to give your consent. You are free to withdraw from the study at any point up to clicking the final submit button. If you wish to withdraw from the study, you must discontinue prior to pressing this button. This is because all information will be anonymous and with no way to link your responses to you, therefore there is no way to remove your responses specifically.

What’s involved if I agree to take part? The study should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you would like to take part, I will ask you to provide consent. You are free to withdraw from this study at any time, even if you have provided consent. This research will use vignettes (a short description of situation that simulates a real situation) that portray individuals with four different eating disorders. After each vignette there will be questions to rate your responses to what have read. Finally, there is a questionnaire to measure potential predictors of attitudes towards a variety of stimuli. The results will be written up and presented as a dissertation to fulfil the assessment criteria of the University of Glasgow.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential? This study will not collect any personally identifying information. The study will be conducted using GDPR-compliant software and all information collected will be kept completely confidential. As there will be no way of identifying you from the information you provide, it will not be possible to retract your data once you click the submit button. If you wish to withdraw from the study, you must discontinue before you complete the study.

What will happen to the results of the research study? The data obtained via this survey will be kept completely anonymous, will be gathered in accordance with GDPR complaint software, and stored on a secure server. Any data without personal identifying information may be made publicly available within an online database for re-analysis and the potential use from other researchers. The anonymous results from this survey will be contained with a Masters dissertation and may be utilised within presentations, published within journals or articles, or presented on other popular media. If you would like to receive a summary of the results obtained from the analysis of data collected within this study please contact Clara Young (2337505y@student.gla.ac.uk) or Dr Stevenson (Judith.Stevenson@glasgow.ac.uk). All data collected within this study will be kept confidential on a secure and password protected computer. Data will be kept for the length of the project (End of August 2021). This study is being conducted as part of a Masters dissertation. This research has been granted ethical approval from the College of Science and Engineering at The University of Glasgow.

Who can I contact if I want more information? If you wish to hear more regarding this study, please contact Clara Young (2337505y@student.gla.ac.uk). Feel free to get in touch with any questions regarding the project or to request a results summary upon completion of data analysis. Alternatively, you can contact Dr Jude Stevenson (Judith.Stevenson@glasgow.ac.uk) who is the supervisor for this Masters project.

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