An investigation of attitudes towards mental health conditions

My name is Giovanna Cameron and I am a student at the University of Glasgow. You are being invited to take part in a research study. 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 read the following information carefully. Ask me if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

What is the purpose of this study? The purpose of this study is to explore attitudes towards mental health conditions.

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 online. You will still be free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. You must be aged 16+ to participate.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential? No personally identifying information will be gathered during the survey and as such your taking part in this study will be entirely confidential. Because we won’t be able to identify your answers, there is no chance of retracting your data once you click the submit button. If you wish to withdraw from the study, you must discontinue before you press submit.

What will participation involve? You will be asked to fill out online demographic questions such as your age and sex. You will then be asked to read four narrative descriptions about people who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. After each description, you will be asked to rate how you feel about them in a series of questions. Lastly, you will be asked to fill out a disgust sensitivity scale (TDDS). We anticipate that participation will last no longer than 10-15 minutes.

What will happen to the results of the research study? Your data is entirely anonymous and unidentifiable 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 a MSc student dissertation and may also be presented at conferences or published in journals, books, and the popular media. If you would like a summary of the results, this can be made available to you upon request from the researchers.

All data collected will be kept on a password protected computer with an encrypted hard drive for the duration of the project (End date: August 2020). This research is being conducted as part of an MSc Dissertation. The research is supervised by Dr Eugene Dawydiak ( and 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 wish information about the study, please feel free to contact Giovanna Cameron at

We hope that you will find taking part in our research to be a worthwhile activity. We consider your views and experiences as extremely valuable to us. Thank you for your consideration.

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