Participant Information

You are being invited to take part in a research study for my MSc dissertation which has been granted ethical approval by the College of Science and Engineering at The University of Glasgow. Before you decide to take part, 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 and feel free to contact myself (Ben Bond) or my supervisor (Judith Stevenson) if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

Currently, the predictors of stigmatising attitudes towards individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are unknown; therefore, this project will seek to address this gap, and extend our understanding of the underlying causes of mental health stigma.

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 collection of your data and questionnaire responses.

During the study we will not collect any personally identifying information beyond your age and gender, and the study 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.

The study should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. This research will use vignettes (a short description of a situation that simulates a real scenario) that portray individuals with four different presentations of OCD. After reading each vignette there will be questions related to what you have read 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.

After you have completed the study, the anonymous results will be contained within my dissertation and may be utilised in presentations, published in journals or articles, or presented in other popular media. Furthermore, any data without personally identifying information may be made publicly available within an online database for re-analysis and potential use for other researchers. All data collected within this study will be kept confidential on a secure and password protected computer for the length of the project (ending 13th August 2021).

If you wish to gain more information about the study and/or a summary of the anonymised group results please feel free to contact myself (Ben Bond) or my project supervisor (Judith Stevenson).

Thank You

Researcher: Ben Bond (2596397B@student.gla.ac.uk) Supervisor: Dr Judith Stevenson (Judith.Stevenson@glasgow.ac.uk)

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