Investigation of a mental well-being intervention on undergraduate students
Student researcher: Claire Philippides, 2345980P@student.gla.ac.uk Supervisor: Lorna Morrow, Lorna.Morrow@glasgow.ac.uk
You are being invited to take part in a research study investigating mental well-being. It is important for you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully. If anything is unclear or you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the researcher.
What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of an intervention targeting mental well-being.
Why have I been chosen?
You have been chosen to participate in this study because you responded to an advertisement about the research. This study has been advertised to university students. To take part in this research you must be an undergraduate student at a Scottish university and be at least 18 years old.
Do I have to take part?
You do not have to participate in this study if you do not wish to. Participation is completely voluntary. If you choose to participate, you will be able to withdraw from the study at any point and do not have to provide a reason. If you choose to withdraw, all of your data will be destroyed and will not be included in the analysis. Those who choose to complete the study will be entered into a prize draw for a £10 Amazon gift card.
What do I have to do?
This study consists of multiple activities to be completed once a day for three days. These activities may be completed at any point in the day, whenever it is most convenient for you. It should take no more than 15 minutes each day, taking about 45 minutes overall. On the first day, you will be asked about your age, year of study, gender, and degree program. You will then be asked a series of questions regarding mental well-being. Following these questions, you will be guided through a series of prompts regarding positive and negative experiences you have had, either past or present. You will be asked to provide only a few keywords regarding your experiences to indicate that you have completed the activity. On the second day, you will complete the same activities. On the third day, you will complete the activities for a final time and additional questions about mental well-being. If you choose to participate, you will be asked for your university email each time you complete the activity so that the link to the next daily activity can be sent to you. There will be two groups in this study. If you agree to take part, then you will be randomly placed in either group. A computer will be used to put people into groups.
Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
Yes, your participation will be kept completely confidential. You will be asked to provide your university email to receive the links to the daily activities; however, once data collection is complete, all identifying information will be removed from the data. The data will be gathered using GDPR compliant software and will be stored on a secure server. The data will be kept confidential and will be stored securely on a password-protected computer at all times and will only be accessible by the researchers. This research is in accordance with the British Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.
What will happen to the results of the research study?
The data is being collected for an undergraduate research project. The final, anonymized data will be presented in a student research report, student conferences, and additional academic publications. A summary of the anonymized group results can be made available to you upon request from the researcher.
Who can I contact if I want more information?
If you would like more information about the research, have any questions, or would like to see the final anonymized group results of the study, feel free to contact:
The student researcher: Claire Philippides, 2345980P@student.gla.ac.uk
The project supervisor: Lorna Morrow, Lorna.Morrow@glasgow.ac.uk
Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet.
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