Attitudes towards Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Project supervisor: Dr. Jude Stevenson (

Researcher: Nichola Hamilton (, an MSc Psychological Studies (conversion) student at the University of Glasgow.

You are being invited to take part in a research study as part of a MSc dissertation project. Before you decide to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please contact the researcher on the email provided if anything is not clear or if you would like further information. Please take time to decide whether or not you wish to participate. If you decide to take part in the study, you can request a copy of this Information Form to keep. Thank you for reading this.

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the study is to examine the factors affecting attitudes towards mental illnesses and those who suffer from them. You will be given more information about the specific factors being investigated at the end of the study. The research is being conducted as part of an MSc Psychological Studies (conversion) dissertation. The duration of the study is expected to be around two months, with data collection anticipated to end around 26 June 2020.

What does my participation involve?

Participating in this study will involve, firstly, providing some demographic data about yourself. Then you will be asked to read a short vignette describing the symptoms and circumstances of a person suffering from mental illness. You may find some of the symptoms described distressing, and should consider this before deciding whether you want to participate. You will then answer a set of questions about attitudes towards the situation described in the vignette. The study should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Why have I been chosen?

You have been invited to take part in this study because you have contacted the researcher expressing an interest in participating in response either to an email, an advertisement on social media or an in-person approach from the researcher. You can participate in this study if you are aged 18 years or over and have sufficient proficiency in written English to be able to read a short vignette and answer questions on it. If you do not feel that you satisfy these conditions, please do not complete the survey.

Do I have to take part?

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you can decline to take part after reading this Information Sheet if you wish. If you do decide to take part, you can request a copy of this Information Sheet and will be asked to sign a consent form. You can withdraw from the study at any point without providing a reason and regardless of whether you have already signed the consent form. If you are a student at the University of Glasgow, withdrawal, regardless of the circumstances of this, will not affect your grades in any way.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All data provided as part of this study will be anonymous and your name will not appear anywhere in the data. The data will be stored on a secure password-protected computer to which only the researcher has access.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The results of the study will be written up in the dissertation project for the researcher’s MSc Psychological Studies (conversion) degree. The study will be completed as a pre-print with the intention of publication in a scientific journal.

Who can I contact if I want more information?

If you wish information about the study and/or a summary of the anonymised group results please contact either the researcher, Nichola Hamilton (, or Dr. Jude Stevenson (

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