Title: Pathogen disgust and the stigmatisation toward individuals at different weight range with and without eating disorders

Researcher: Y Han Tieu 2681612T@student.gla.ac.uk

Supervisor: Dr Judith Stevenson Judith.Stevenson@glasgow.ac.uk

Invitation My name is Y Han Tieu, and I am a Psychological Sciences Masters student at the University of Glasgow. You are being invited to participate in a student research study. Before you agree to take part, please take a moment to read the following information for more insight about this research. Feel free to contact me at any time for further information or clarification about this study. Take as much time as you need to consider whether you want to take part in this study. Thank you.

What is the purpose of the study? There is currently limited knowledge regarding the predicting characteristics of pathogen disgust sensitivity and eating disorders. This project will seek to extend from current knowledge and investigate more in depth the relationship between the two variables.

Do I have to take part? There is no obligation for you to take part in this study. If you choose to take part, you will be asked to give consent to your data being collected and analysed. You will also be given the opportunity at the end of the study to decide if you wish to submit your responses.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential? During the study we will not collect any personally identifying information beyond your age and gender, and it will take place on GDPR compliant software, therefore, keeping your participation completely confidential. Due to this high degree of confidentiality, there will be no way of identifying the data you provide once it is submitted, making it impossible to retract after this point. Therefore, if you wish to withdraw from the study, you must discontinue before you submit your responses. There will be an opportunity for you to decide if you wish to submit your responses before the study is complete.

What is involved if I take part? The study should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You will be provided with vignettes (a short description of a situation that simulates a real scenario) that portray individuals with and without eating disorders at different weight ranges. After reading each vignette there will be set of questions related to the vignette which you will respond to. Finally, there is a questionnaire to measure potential predictors of attitudes towards a variety of stimuli. The results will be analysed and presented within my dissertation project.

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 compliant 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 Master’s dissertation and may be utilised within presentations, published within journals or articles, or presented on other popular media. This research has been granted ethical approval from the College of Science and Engineering at The University of Glasgow. All data collected within this study will be kept confidential on a secure and password protected computer. Data will be kept beyond the end of the project (End of August 2022) and the results may be published.

Who can I contact if I want more information? If you would like to gain more information regarding this study, if you would like to request a results summary upon completion of data analysis or if you have any other questions about this project, please feel free to contact myself (2681612T@student.gla.ac.uk) or my project supervisor (Dr Judith Stevenson - Judith.Stevenson@glasgow.ac.uk).

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