Participant Information

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study. Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why this 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. Contact me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

Purpose of the study

My name is Mr Brodie Mangan I am a post-graduate student at Glasgow University. The aim of this research project is to gain insight into health behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic and, whether health behaviour change is associated by personality traits or body mass index. This research project is part of my course requirements.

Why have I been chosen?

You have been asked to take part because you fit the criteria for our target group; an adult (18 years and over), residing in the United Kingdom during the lockdown period, fluent in English, no learning difficulties, prior to the lockdown measures (March 2020) suffered from no sleep disorders, or were taking any sleep mediation; no on-going psychiatric disorders; no historical illicit substance use.

Do I have to take part?

No. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to provide consent to your data being collected and analysed. However, because I will not collect any personal data beyond your age and gender, it will be impossible to identify your data, thus if you wish to withdraw, please do so prior to the submission of your responses.

What will happen to me if I take part?

If you consent to taking part, you will be asked to partake in an online survey consisting of 2 sections. Both sections can be carried out in the comfort of your own home in your own time. Both sections must be completed for your results to be included in the research. There are no other commitments associated with participating.

Section 1a:
This section will ask you to answer questions about your health behaviours, specifically, the questions will ask you to answer whether these behaviours have improved or worsened since COVID-19 restrictions began. These behaviours will include items concerning sleep, diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption. This section will only take up to 5 minutes of your time to complete.

After this, please complete section 1b.

Section 1b: This subsequent survey will ask you to answer questions about your personality, specifically, an aspect of personality termed conscientiousness. This section will take up to 5 minutes of your time to complete.

Please note: This research is not asking you change any of your health behaviours in any way. Please answer all questions honestly.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

Participating in the research is not anticipated to cause you any disadvantages or discomfort. The potential physical and/or psychological harm or distress will be the same as experienced in everyday life.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Whilst there are no immediate benefits for those people participating in the project, it is hoped that this work will add to the important research concerning health behaviours during a pandemic.

Will the information I provide be kept confidential?

Yes. No one will have access to any information that could identify you beyond your age and gender. All results will be anonymous and all the data will be stored securely.

What will happen once I have taken part in the study?

The results will be written up in my dissertation and presented at a viva, but this will be done anonymously; no one will know your results. It is necessary for me to retain original data until the submission has been marked. After that, all data will be destroyed.

Who is supervising the research?

My supervisor is Dr Guillaume Rousselet, who will be happy to provide further information.

Who has reviewed the study?

In order to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for those taking part, all research is reviewed by a research panel. This study has been reviewed and approved by Glasgow University’s College of Science and Engineering Ethics Committee.

What if there is a problem?

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties then please contact a member of the research team. If you would like to make a complaint, please contact Dr Guillaume Rousselet (contact details are below)


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