You are being invited to take part in a research study investigating the relationship between interpretation bias and body dissatisfaction. 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.

What is the purpose of the study?     

The purpose of the study is to investigate the relationship between individuals’ interpretation bias (an information-processing cognitive bias with the tendency to inappropriately analyze ambiguous stimuli) and dissatisfaction with their own bodies.

Why have I been chosen?

Because you are a student from the University of Glasgow and meet the inclusions/exclusions of the study

Do I have to take part?

No, your participation in this research is voluntary, which means that if you do agree to take part, you will be asked to provide consent online. If you choose not to take part, you can withdraw from the study at any point without giving a reason. However, you must do so before completing the study as we will not be able to identify individual answers once submitted. In this case, participant data and responses will be destroyed and not included in the analysis. You must be aged 18 years and over to participate.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

No personal identifying information will be gathered during the survey and your participation in this study will be entirely confidential. Because we won’t be able to identify or retract your data once you click the final submit button (this is indicated on the final page of the study). If you wish to withdraw from the study, you must discontinue it before completing the questionnaires.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

Your data is entirely anonymous and will be gathered using GDPR compliant software and stored on a secure server. Data, without any personal identifying information, may be made publicly available in an online database for re-analysis by other researchers. Anonymous results of this study will be presented in MSc student dissertations and may also be presented at conferences, the media, or published in journals. If you would like a summary of the results, this can be available to you after requesting from the researcher. All data will be anonymous and securely stored on a password-protected computer with an encrypted hard drive for the duration of the project (End date: August 2021). This research is being conducted as a part of the MSc Dissertation. The research has been granted ethical approval from the College of Science and Engineering, University of Glasgow.

Who can I contact if I want more information?

If you want more information about the study, please contact the student researcher: Xiao MA (student)     

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