The influence of individual differences on attitudes towards abortion

Student Researcher: Jessica Kenny

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? This study aims to develop an understanding of the influence of individual differences on attitudes towards abortion.

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.

What will happen to me if I take part? You will be asked to read a short description of a woman who has had an abortion, before answering a series of questions relating to how you feel about the woman. You will then be asked to complete three questionnaires measuring empathy, just world beliefs and disgust sensitivity. Finally, you will be asked to complete a short demographic questionnaire measuring age and biological sex. The survey should take around 20 minutes to complete.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part in the study? The disgust sensitivity scale will ask questions about scenarios you may find disgusting. You will also read a description of a woman who has had an abortion. While this is not graphic, due to the sensitive nature of the topic you may find this upsetting. If you feel you might find the content of the study triggering, you are advised to discontinue your participation immediately.

What are the possible benefits of taking part in the study? You will not be compensated for your participation, however the findings of this study will develop an understanding of how individual differences influence attitudes towards abortion.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential? Data collected will be kept entirely confidential as no information which could identify you as a participant will be collected. Because you will not be able to be identified from your answers, there is no way to withdraw your data from the study once you have clicked the final submit button. If you wish to withdraw from the study, you must do so before submitting your results. This study complies with the Data Protection Act (2018) and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

What will happen to my data? Your data is entirely anonymous and unidentifiable and will be gathered using GDPR compliant software and stored on a secure server. Data collected will be reported and analysed in an undergraduate dissertation research project. Results from the study will be presented at an undergraduate conference and submitted for publication. If you would like a summary of the results, this can be made available to you upon request.

Who has reviewed the study? This study has been approved by the University of Glasgow College of Science and Engineering Ethics Committee.

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

Student researcher: Jessica Kenny ( Supervisor: Dr Eugene Dawydiak (

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